Berlin's Superlover's hit track 'Piano Pump, blending house and Italo disco, was originally released in 2019. This time, the esteemed Italian duo NiCe7 takes the helm. Renowned for their releases on respected labels like Crosstown Rebels, Snatch!, and DFTD, as well as their remarkable remixes for artists such as Claptone and Jon Cutler, NiCe7 brings their signature touch to 'Piano Pump.' The remix retains the original's irresistible charm while breathing new life into the composition for modern-day soul-seekers yearning for the dancefloor.
The British house pioneers Heller & Farley carry on revisiting some of their classics cuts. This time, after three decades, their timeless underground anthem 'Wild Luv' from 1994 is reborn in 2023, courtesy of the legendary Harry 'Choo Choo' Romero from New Jersey. Embrace the hypnotic rhythm and undeniable groove of Romero's reimagining, as he masterfully blends nostalgia with contemporary flair.
Skatman's latest release titled "Rewarped" showcases his exceptional talent for reviving and revitalising past sounds. The Tunisian-born producer, DJ, and label owner skillfully blends old-school hip-hop samples with energetic house tracks, seamlessly bridging the gap between different musical epochs. With six new tracks of hedonistic club music, Skatman, also known as Aziz Haddad, takes familiar elements and infuses them with a fresh twist. The result is a masterclass in creating an exhilarating musical experience that resonates with both nostalgia and contemporary dance floor desires.
Driving, no-nonsense disco-house is the order of the day on this three-tracker from Reece Johnson, who over the past 10 years has built up a healthy back catalogue of releases on the likes of Nervous, Midnight Riot, Tropical Disco, Lisztomania, Plastik People and Delve Deeper. 'Don't Want It' goes straight for the jugular with pounding 4/4s and synth-strings that just don't stop, 'Watchin', Waiting' itself treads a slightly deeper, funkier path and sports some fine diva wails, but the standout for yours truly is 'Jim's Vision', which maintains the tempo but has a slightly more musical edge, and which is topped with spoken vocal fragments from a certain Mr Morrison...
UK disco don Dave Lee teams up with Detroit vocalist Maurissa Rose, who since featuring on an Eddie 'Flashin' Fowlkes cut way back in 1995 has spent most of her career working in the soul/jazz/R&B arena, but who's latterly returned to a more dancefloor-oriented trajectory, working with the likes of Theo Parrish, Alton Miller, Royskopp and Lee's own Sunburst Band. Their collective experience and pedigree shine through clearly on 'Look At The Stars', but if soulful vocal belters aren't your thing then fear not because there's an accompanying, self-explanatory Moog Dub that's to die for.
Those who like musically expansive, jazz-funk influenced deep house loveliness should already be aware of Thomas Laroye's slim but impressive catalogue, which includes notable outings on Freerange and Atjazz Record Co. Here the French producer delivers his debut album, an inspired eight-track set that perfectly encapsulates the summery, sun-soaked excellence of his work. Expect soulful songs, broken house beats, kaleidoscopic jazz-funk and boogie synths, mazy instrumental solos and audible references to classic U.S garage and New Jersey house. Highlights include (but are in no way limited to) Javontte hook-up 'Let It Go', the shuffling samba-house flex of 'People Out There', the Kaidi Tatham-esque 'Grateful' and the synth solo-sporting heaviness of 'Get Down (The Moonfunk Dub)'.