Review: French label Beaumonde specialise in reissuing lost or forgotten global music recordings, mostly from the 70s and 80s. This new album-length collection, though, finds them handing over the keys to their archives to some of today's hottest up-and-coming producers - the fruits of whose labours range from Jet Boot Jack's remix of Acayouman's 'Take You Down', which should work on any floor where disco is played, to Bully Boy & TeeTwo Mariani's much more reverential Refix of Beliz's 'Mazunga'. The scales tilt quite heavily, it has to be said, in the latter direction: as such, this is an album that will appeal mostly to fans of Balearic, cosmic and global music styles, but that's worth checking by open-minded disco spinners of all persuasions.
Review: Act of Sedition's latest expansive collection of re-edits and reworks, Perfect Pitch, is subtitled 'loose grooves for lazy days' and that's an apt description of the pleasingly warming, afternoon-ready soul, yacht rock and disco revisions on show. The vibe is mostly head-nodding rather than arms aloft, but that's no bad thing. You'll find plenty of playable fare amongst the 13 tracks on show, with our picks including the slow-motion disco-funk of Vibes4YourSoul's 'Dance All Night', Pete Le Freq's tasteful rework of Stevie Wonder classic 'Living For The City', the sun-drenched, loop-powered soul shuffle of Frankee More's 'It's Walter' and the percussion-laden South American disco-reggae madness of 'Rita' by Ferdinand DeBeaufort.
Review: To date, French label Act Of Sedition have put out their music in the form of limited-edition seven-inch doublepacks. Now it's the turn of digital buyers to get in on the act, as they serve up all 20 tracks from their last five EPs in one bumper download package. Musically, 'Hang Ten' runs the gamut from straight-up soul, funk and disco - see, for instance, Jean Tyrol's 'How Can You Live Without Love?' or BJ Palmer's 'Lose Your Mind' - to more esoteric cuts like Shriek's 'My Spine' (a re-edit of Shriekback's 1981 punk-funk classic 'My Spine Is The Bassline'), Haules Baules' new wave-y 'TC Rhythm' or a W10-via-Bully Boy re-edit of The Clash's 'London Calling', with a respectully rendered dub of Jackie Moore's 'This Time Baby' leading the charge for yours truly.
Review: Following the success of the label's first digital-only compilation, Lock and Load, Act of Sedition boss Bully Boy has decided to repeat the exercise. Like its predecessor, Perfect Pitch largely sidesteps re-edits featured on physical releases, instead delivering a bumper selection of previously unheard reworks. Those who prefer their edits gently beefed up with the addition of club-ready beats will find plenty to enjoy, from DJ Steef's tweak of Van Morrison classic 'Into The Mystic' and DJ Laurel's chunky revision of disco-funk slammer 'Peace Pipe', to Sucka Tommy's bustling rework of Paul Simon's 'Me and Julio Down By The School Yard' and C Da Afro's disco bumper 'The Sunset Groove'. If tape-style rearrangements are more your thing, we'd heartily recommend the edits from Al Kent and SanFranDisko.
Review: Since launching in 2017, Toulon-based imprint Act of Sedition has become renowned for the quality of its re-edit releases, many of which appear on rarely seen seven-inch "double-packs". This time they're trying something a little different by gathering together a swathe of previously unheard reworks on a must-check digital compilation. It's a fine set that touches on a number of interconnected styles and sounds, from loved-up Balearic nu-disco (Nu Pilgrims "Soul Shadow (Withers Shakedown)") and tooled-up Afro-disco heaviness (Belabouche's bouncy "Hey Africa"), to rushing revisions of stone cold disco classics (Monsieur Von Pratt's "Why", Reece Johnson's stomping "Piece of Mind") and head-nodding, toe-tapping soul (Mr Doris's "Hercules").
Review: When Andy Bull AKA Bully Boy launched the Act of Sedition label a couple of years back his aim was to release "the finest 45 edits" on seven-inch double-packs. It's something of a surprise, then, to see the label land on digital download with a sprawling collection of previously vinyl-only reworks and bonus edits. Expect a gloriously vibrant and floor-friendly mixture of gospel-tinged psychedelic soul (Jimi Hendrix's "Freedom"), Clav-happy disco-funk squelch (Disco-Tech's "Assassination"), sweet disco sing-alongs (SanFrankDisko's "Get It Right"), sweaty punk-funk/dub disco heaviness ("Cavern Dance" by V's Edits), high octane disco-camp (Mighty Mouse's cheerfully silly "Got To Have Nothing") and much more besides.