Review: The Chewy label returns just in time for the hottest part of summer with an EP containing four equally scorching edits from the mysterious A Digital Needle outfit. Whether its the brass and string-heavy "I Who Have", the deft piano ripples of "Music", the swung bass and saxophone riff of "Keep" or the psyched-out flange funk of "Roll Her", there's something here guaranteed to set any dancefloor on fire.
Review: Last year Scratchnsniff's EP on Chewy tackled better-known material, but "Re-Rubs Vol 2" plunders more obscure material and in doing so revives some long lost gems. "Ain't Nutin' But A G-String" is high-energy retro funk fuelled by some killer guitar riffs. "Disco Choo Choo" combines wide collared polyester shirts with er, trains for some sweaty palmed, blood pumping disco-frenzy action, but it's Billy Bird's melancholic Northern Soul anthem "Lost In The Crowd" that really does it for us.
Review: Everybody loves a good collaboration and Chewy Rubs is happy to oblige, hooking up here with fellow acclaimed producer, Fingerman. We get four meetings of minds here, covering feelgood piano stomps ("Everybody Loves A Good Thing"), strings 'n' guitar jams ("Power"), cool and sparse low-slung bass workouts ("Hit On You") and discofied electro-funk ("Take You Home"). More please!
Review: Anonymous edit artist Chewy calls up Italian DJs Giacomo Fioranelli and Matteo Verdini to help him rekindle the fire of house music's oldest roots. The result is a bumping, piano-struck session that promises serious dancefloor wriggles and giggles. "Piano Attack" is an epic homage to the piano, all perky and jazzy thanks to the playful subversions of the key riff. "Prince Street" follows a similar suit but with added slap-bass and a gutsy soul vocal. "Heaven", meanwhile, looks more towards the Mr Fingers style of early house music with big 808s, smouldering bass tight, sharp 909 hi-hats. Timeless.
Review: There's almost no information available on Soundcloud re-edit hero Chewy Rubs, except that he hails from the UK. Instead he prefers to let the music do the talking and this time he's, cough, eschewed his normal nu-disco fare in favour of some acidic grit. Track one takes "Ooh I Love It" by the Salsoul Orchestra and gives it a bouncy 303 injection, Track two arpeggiates the bassline for some seriously moody electro-disco business and track 3 wraps things - and the listener - up in swathes of trippy jackin' delirium.
Review: On a retro TV show, Imagination singer Lee John discussed how everybody thought they were an impossibly glamourous an beautifully produced American soul act...until they learnt that they were from Brixton. After that they were just dismissed as a camp joke. Thankfully the passing of time has proved them to be the former, resulting in many respectful tributes, if maybe one too many unnecessary re-edits. Also included are retweaks of Alphonse Mouzon's wonderful "Everybody Get Down" and the electro-squiggles/funk of Stephanie Mills' "You Can Get Over".