28 Jul 17
MXWLL - "Bittersweet Loving" - (8:41) 125 BPM
Al Funk - "Trapped" - (5:21) 120 BPM
Al Funk - "Woman Weak" - (5:21) 120 BPM
Played by: George Kelly
15 Sep 17
Andy Buchan - "Fly Guy" - (4:30) 114 BPM
Ken@Work - "Red Hot" - (5:16) 110 BPM
Ed Lee - "City Light" - (5:18) 121 BPM
17 Feb 14
Angel Funke & Alex Brinken - "What's The Colour" - (7:13) 124 BPM
Angel Funke - "Zombie" - (5:50) 121 BPM
Angel Funke & Alex Brinken - "Nu Funk A Go" - (4:48) 124 BPM
Played by: Goodgroove Records, B-Jam, George Kelly, Kraak & Smaak, Monkey Boots, Superbreak, Richard Rossa, Weedyman, Black Amex
Review: Spanish producers Angel Funke and Alex Brinken are experienced heads in the disco-house game. Here they join forces with an EP for party-starters Chopshop. Lead cut "What's The Colour" sets the tone, building a sparkling deep house/disco hybrid following a superb, cowbell and bongo-laden intro. It's based around a groove that recalls the late '90s productions of disco-house specialists Peppermint Jam. Funke's "Zombie" adds a little Afrobeat shuffle to the formula, building into a percussive frenzy via relentless organs and electric piano keys. The collaborative "Nu Funk A Go" slows things down, offering a spooky, smoky trip into classic trip-hop territory.
01 Jun 12
Getaway - (6:05) 100 BPM
Fantasy Island - (8:40) 90 BPM
Devil Woman - (6:10) 107 BPM
Dub A Little Love - (9:17) 100 BPM
Cocaine - (7:51) 100 BPM
Played by: B-Jam, George Kelly, O De Lanzac, Disco Tech (DiscoDat), Juno Recommends Disco, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), Martin Brodin, Appo, Get Down Edits, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Massimo Vanoni (The Smoker), MOON RUNNER, Greg Wilson
Review: Middlesborough-based DJ/producer Appo has been mixing up and chopping up tracks since the late '70s. Here he makes his first appearance on re-edit imprint Chopshop with a five-track, pick 'n' mix assortment of floor-friendly reworks that touches on Balearica, AOR and, of course, disco. In the latter category come slo-mo disco-reggae drum workout "Fantasy Island" and scream-along disco-soul anthem "Getaway". Weirdly, two of the best cuts are also the most esoteric selections. Appo must have had his tongue firmly pressed in cheek when chopping up Cliff Richard's "Devil Woman" (really) and JJ Cale's "Cocaine". Both tracks are given a surprisingly Balearic new lease of life.
06 Jun 16
Review: Veteran Swedish producer Beat Fanatic (Ture Sjolberg) knows a thing or two about a dancefloor teasing re-edit gem. Here on Tricky Situation he tackles the evergreen 1970s Ned Doheny classic Get It Up For Love, or rather a slowed down rework version, which ends up sounding like the Gypsy Kings jamming with some drunk cowboys. That's a good thing by the way. Martin Davies also joins the party, bringing along some peyote fuelled nu-disco meanderings with him. Never has something so silly sounded so good!
03 Oct 14
No Worms - (4:30) 99 BPM
Burnin - (5:38) 113 BPM
Bon Voyage - (3:16) 99 BPM
Been Too Long - (6:13) 108 BPM
Played by: George Kelly, YAM WHO?, Superbreak, Scott K. [BOXmusic], Juno Recommends Disco, DISCO B (LATE NIGHT SESSIONS), 80's Child, Wall Of Fame
Review: They seek him here, they seek him there, the elusive Bloody Tadi is rumoured to dwell everywhere from Dubai to Slovenia. What we do know is that Chopshop has gone beyond the traditional edit route and presented us with this excellent four-track hybrid of deep house and slo-mo disco. Highlights include the pilled up g-funk of "No Worms" and the deep and jazzy womb-house of "Been Too Long".
30 Sep 16
BnC - "Good Times Roll" - (3:46) 110 BPM
Woodhead & Hebegebe - "Pony Up" - (4:57) 125 BPM
Situation - "Change For A Coke" - (5:31) 115 BPM
Senior Citizens - "The Perfect Plan" - (5:20) 99 BPM
George Kelly - "Always There" - (4:36) 106 BPM
Played by: George Kelly, Superbreak, Tonbe, Alien Disco Sugar / Leonidas DeeJay, Massimo Vanoni (The Smoker), 80's Child, SITUATION
Review: ChopShop Digital barely deviates from its' well-worn formula, which involves serving up multi-artist EPs full of tried-and-tested reworks. Happily, they're at it again here. BnC kicks things off with the break-driven funk shuffle of "Good Times Roll", before Woodhead & Hebegebe raise the temperature with the heavy funk-goes-Italo-disco surge of "Pony Up". West Country scalpel fiends Situation serve up the dusty soul sweetness of "Change For A Coke", while Senior Citizens attempt to outdo them with the similarly luscious and soulful "The Perfect Plan". Finally, label boss George Kelly steals the show with a killer re-cut of Willie Bobo/Ronnie Laws favourite "Always There".
16 Jan 15
Played by: George Kelly, FINGERMAN, Dario Piana, Dave Allison (Editorial), Juno Recommends Disco, Trujillo, Rai Gota, Alan Mooney's Edits
Review: Ricky Bonewell's music on the Slowburner EP incorporates three vintage songs re-edited into sinuous and percussive grooves. "Edit Your Love" is all dark sweaty basement bass and fierce percussion breaks, "Itadi" is throbbing late hip grinder and "Slowburner" is all dreamy dreamy synths and slo-mo bottom end, a beautifully seductive closer.
11 Nov 15
Brick Fever - "Last Dance" - (6:10) 118 BPM
Brick Fever - "Stay With Me" - (6:17) 112 BPM
Ten Different - "Shake" - (5:52) 124 BPM
Vaudafunk & Ten Different - "Orlando Magic" - (6:00) 116 BPM
Review: The latest offering from the Chop Shop camp aims to shine a light on a trio of up-and-coming re-edit artists. Polish producer Brick Fever made his debut on the label earlier this year, and here delivers two more party-starting highlights; the horn-heavy, synth-laden, straightened out anthem that is "Last Dance", and the smooth, soulful disco shuffle of "Stay With Me". Italian producer Ten Different also impresses with "Shake", a deliciously percussive, all-instrumental rework of the Jacksons' "Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)", before joining forces with Vaudafunk for a cheery stroll though house-friendly disco pastures on the swinging "Orlando Magic".
01 Sep 12
Natural Fun - (5:02) 104 BPM
Gimme Some More - (6:06) 106 BPM
Dancehall Style - (5:53) 100 BPM
Girls Wanna Dance - (5:58) 120 BPM
Played by: George Kelly, Dave Allison (Editorial), Juno Recommends Disco, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights)
Review: Chopshop regulars DJ Butcher and BnC have enjoyed considerable success since joining forces as Captain Futuro. Unlike their solo releases, which flit between funtime disco re-edits and housed-up party jams, their Captain Futuro material delves into the party-hearty world of hip-hop, old skool electro and, in this case, reggae. Both the cheeky "Natural Fun" (it samples, we think "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun") and "Dancehall Style" meld together elements of reggae, disco, hip-hop and electrofunk, largely with great success. "Gimme Some More" recreates classic '80s electro, while closer "Girls Wanna Dance" offers a new take on perennial party fave "I Wanna Dance With Somebody.
01 May 12
Firehoes - (4:21) 114 BPM
Play It Again - (3:42) 100 BPM
Like We Use To Say - (3:41) 103 BPM
Freak The Groove - (4:45) 110 BPM
Played by: George Kelly, Roast Beatz, Stan Tropic, Dave Allison (Editorial), Funk Ferret, Juno Recommends Disco, B-Dub, Appo, Tosses & Varvez, Get Down Edits, Lovewithme
Review: Something a little different from the Chopshop camp, as DJ Butcher and BnC join forces for a project inspired by the disco-biting world of early hip-hop. It's a definite progression for the Chopshop crew, who previously stuck largely to straightforward re-edits and mash-ups. Of course, there's plenty of reliance on classic samples - see the bumpin', jazz-flecked disco breaks of "Like We Say" and rubbery disco-funk groovery of "Freak The Groove" - but also plenty of invention within the bouncin', block-party grooves of "Firehoes" and "Play It Again". It's the latter - all head-nodding bump, twittering flutes, disco horns and addictive rap - that really stands out.
07 Dec 15
Booty Xpress (original mix) - (4:18) 105 BPM
Booty Xpress (instrumental) - (4:16) 105 BPM
Firehoes (original mix) - (4:21) 114 BPM
Firehoes (instrumental) - (4:21) 114 BPM
Partay Starter (Mash mix) - (5:22) 102 BPM
Partay Starter (73 instrumental mix) - (6:19) 102 BPM
Play It Again (original mix) - (3:41) 100 BPM
Play It Again (instrumental) - (3:41) 100 BPM
Get A What What (Mash mix) - (5:32) 94 BPM
Get A What What (instrumental) - (5:32) 94 BPM
Natural Fun - (5:02) 104 BPM
Love Me Crazy (original mix) - (5:47) 112 BPM
Love Me Crazy (instrumental) - (5:47) 112 BPM
Freak The Groove - (4:45) 110 BPM
Break Me Off (original mix) - (4:34) 100 BPM
Break Me Off (instrumental) - (4:32) 100 BPM
Like We Use To Say - (3:41) 102 BPM
Dancehall Style - (5:53) 100 BPM
Gimme Some More - (6:06) 106 BPM
Girls Wanna Dance (original mix) - (5:58) 120 BPM
Girls Wanna Dance (instrumental) - (5:58) 120 BPM
Club Warzone (original mix) - (4:41) 125 BPM
Club Warzone (instrumental) - (4:41) 125 BPM
Bring It Give It (original mix) - (3:32) 120 BPM
Bring It Give It (instrumental) - (3:32) 120 BPM
Review: Captain Futuro, a collaboration between producer/MC Jeff Gonzalez and DJ Butcher, has long been one of Chopshop's most interesting projects. While much of the label's output focuses on straight-up disco re-edits, the Captain Futuro sound is much more akin to the original, disco and boogie-friendly sound of classic early hip-hop. This expansive debut album-come-compilation, which boasts both vocal and instrumental versions of many tracks, follows this simple goodtime formula, delivering a range of tracks that borrow heavily from both well known and obscure '70s and '80s records, adding fresh rap vocals and those lifted from previously released hip-hop jams. Predictably, it's a hugely enjoyable set, sharply focused on getting the party started, whatever the time or place.
01 Jun 13
Booty Xpress (instrumental mix) - (4:16) 105 BPM
Play It Again (instrumental mix) - (3:41) 100 BPM
Love Me Crazy (instrumental mix) - (5:47) 112 BPM
Firehoes (instrumental mix) - (4:21) 114 BPM
Review: Welcome to the future. Welcome to the past. Whichever direction you wish to travel, the Capitan will take you there in style. Cruising in a gas-guzzling disco edit machine, his vibes sing to any floors from the 70s right through until tomorrow. Each of these grooves have already been tried and tested with full vocals attached now Chopshop have commissioned a full set of instrumentals for added DJ creativity. Highlights include the reverb saturation on "Firehoes" guitar licks, the Chic-style bass juice on "Love Me Crazy" and the heavy horn action on "Play It Again". Ideal for all summer shenanigans, Futuro and Chopshop have delivered some serious goodness right here.
01 Mar 13
Capitan Futuro - "Love Me Crazy" - (5:47) 112 BPM
Dave Gerrard - "Twisted Message" (DJ Butcher mix) - (5:45) 101 BPM
DJ Butcher - "However Do You Want Me" - (5:09) 104 BPM
Ill Advised - "Superstition" - (5:18) 98 BPM
Played by: George Kelly, Andy Warburton, Jask, Homegroove Project, FranZ, FINGERMAN, Chudy, Dario Piana, Juno Recommends Disco, TURNTILL, DISCO B (LATE NIGHT SESSIONS), Joseph Terruel, Futurewife, Peza, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), Spilt Milk, DJ P-SOL, Juno Best Sellers 2016, Nu Disco Fever, Ralph Lawson, Vicious Bitch Records
Review: With a sly wink and a beckoning wave of the hand, Chopshop invite us into their boudoir for another seductive trip into slinky rework territory. As usual, many bases are covered. Captain Futuro kicks things off with "Love Me Crazy", a slo-mo disco-flecked hip-hop head-nodder. Label supremo DJ Butcher turns Dave Gerard's "Twisted Message" (a sneaky bootleg version of the Furious Five classic) into a disco funk-breaks smasher, before laying down some revivalist rare groove fun in the shape of his own "However Do You Want Me" (a rework of Soul II Soul's "Back To Life"). A decidedly sensual package is completed by the misty-eyed headiness of Ill Advised "Superstition" (yep, a remake of that "Superstitition").
01 Nov 13
Leadbelly - (5:38) 120 BPM
Novena - (7:16) 107 BPM
Novena (DJ Butcher edit) - (6:08) 108 BPM
Review: Hailing from Rio De Janeiro, producer Carrot Green's latest offering his a house prayer, literally a "Novena". The title track manages to combine a hypnotic funk with a nocturnal spiritualism. Elsewhere "Leadbelly" boasts a deep Chicago bassline thrills with Afro overtones, while "Novena" is chopped and housed up by DJ Butcher.
01 Dec 12
You Don't Know - (6:28) 85 BPM
Hyped Up - (3:21) 92 BPM
In Search Of Phenomena - (5:16) 123 BPM
Review: Label regular Cazbee has hooked up with Chopshop boss himself, DJ Butcher, for a new three-track groove-fest. Title track, "You Don't Know", is a slow burner, coming across like The Scissors Sisters doing a 70s ballad...produced by Morcheeba. "Hyped Up" is more party-orientated fare, capturing a killer vintage funk sample, looped over an almost AC/DC-style 4/4 beat and adorned with rationed synth flourishes. Finally, "In Search Of Phenomena" is fast and furious disco-funk, with rolling bongos and a meaty bass synth riff, all punctuated with some effective action from the brass section.
16 Nov 12
Andrew Clarke - "My Desire" - (6:04) 116 BPM
Yam Who? - "Quested" - (5:24) 113 BPM
DJ Butcher - "The Future Is Ours" - (6:13) 118 BPM
Appo - "House Of Fools" - (8:08) 120 BPM
Played by: George Kelly, THE GROOVERS, FINGERMAN, Irregular Disco Workers, Andrew Clarke, In Flagranti, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights)
Review: Re-edit heavy hitters Chopshop are back following their recent killer Greg Wilson/Groove Armada EP, and the big guns are out in force. Andrew Clarke is first up with "My Desire", an exotic funk bass and shimmering grand piano orgy. Then Yam Who? arrives at the party armed with "Quested": an immense synth-boogie looper that will slay you without even trying. Not to be outdone, DJ Butcher's "The Future Is Ours" risks weirding out the dancefloor with its twisted leftfield funk, and succeeds (possibly due to the dog barking bit). Lastly Appo ends with a classic: an arpeggiated disco cover of Chain Of Fools.
17 Feb 12
Copycat - "Nautilus" - (4:08) 101 BPM
Discotech - "The Boss" - (5:13) 97 BPM
DJ Raw Sugar - "It Sure Is Funky" - (6:24) 86 BPM
DJ Agent 86 - "Give It To Me Baby" - (5:18) 118 BPM
Played by: B-Jam, George Kelly, DJ Agent 86, Jeff Daniels, Chudy, Voodoocuts, Jayl Funk, Disco Tech (DiscoDat), Juno Recommends Disco, B-Dub, Killer Funk Records USA, The Funk Hunters, Trujillo, Joseph Terruel, Matthew Kyle, Juno Best Sellers 2016, Lux Experience, TBC
Review: Having previously delivered both chunky disco edits and cheeky, bootleg style reworks, the usually reliable Chopshop crew offer up an EP dripping with soul and funk. Included is a loose, hip-hop tempo rework of deep jazz-funk standard "Nautilus" from Copycat (ideal for those bar sets/warm up moments), a head-nodding, heavy 4/4 tweak of an odd electrofunk record from DJ Raw Sugar, and a dubbed-out take on James Brown ("The Boss") by Discotech. Best of all, though, is DJ Agent 86's "Give It To Me Baby", a cheeky, horn-toting rework of freaky 80s funk legend Rick James.
28 Apr 17
Review: Disco supremacy once again from international edit kings Cordycep. "No Cure" hits with the big soul hook that leaves us for dead, "No 9" is number one with its big piano rolls, purse-tight string and horn combinations and swooning harmonies before "Specalized" strips the vibe back to bare guitars and rhythm section before building us up again with dreamy piano uplift. Perfect summertime vibes.
24 Nov 17
Played by: Tonbe
Review: Asian duo (they won't specify!) Cordycep consists of Cheryl Sin & Dony Han - a couple of DJs and producers who grew up in the 90's club scene. Their musical style is influenced by 'sample tracks'. Further inspiration comes from hip-hop such as Public Enemy, The Juice Crew, New Jack Swing through to legends such as The Bomb Squad, Marly Marl, Armand van Helden and Kenny Dope. On The Drop 1 EP, the first offering "Burning Up" is an edit of a certain 1977 disco classic. A respectful edit if you will and revised wonderfully for modern dancefloors. "Listen To The Music" is up next which is a raw and funky disco house joint with a few familiar hooks in there - after all they are sample freaks, as they made so abundantly clear! With its rolling bassline, tough and dusty drums and diva vocal snippets: this one is dancefloor euphoria.
24 Mar 17
Cordycep - "7 PM" - (5:10) 117 BPM
Saint Mathieu - "Ladies Strike" - (5:22) 120 BPM
C. Da Afro - "Little Bunny Disco" - (7:07) 118 BPM
J.B.Boogie - "Got To Be There" - (6:53) 122 BPM
22 Apr 16
Generation Five - (5:01) 100 BPM
Repeat The Funk - (5:49) 111 BPM
You Got The Stuff - (6:42) 103 BPM
Played by: George Kelly, DAVE GERRARD, Valique, PHIL DISCO, DJ LAUREL, FINGERMAN, Superbreak, Jayl Funk, BACHGENAUR, Juno Recommends Disco, VanDoorn, Tonbe, X-Ray Ted, J&M BROTHERS, DISCO B (LATE NIGHT SESSIONS), Joseph Terruel, Mr.Absolutt, Massimo Vanoni (The Smoker), Juno Best Sellers 2016, BRENDON P, DEELICIOUS, JB Dizzy, 80's Child, That Needs an Edit, FabioLous Barker, Mike Woods, Charlie brown superstar, Henri Le Blanc, Disco Funk Spinner(DFS)
Review: Stafford's Dave Gerrard has been around for over 30 years so you can trust the DJ on this one. He's back on his usual stomping ground for more disco goodies on DJ Butcher's Chopshop out of Athens, Greece. He first takes the knife to the Jackson 5's "Dancing Machine" on "Generation 5" (great edit this one!), then he turns in an edit of a proper soul funk classic on "Repeat The Funk" (any guesses?) but finally he gives a Bill Withers classic a makeover on "You Got The Stuff". Class!
15 Jul 17
Back 2 The Oldskool (House mix) - (4:33) 123 BPM
Back 2 The Oldskool (Nu Disco mix) - (6:06) 118 BPM
20 Jan 17
Last Train To The Disco - (5:49) 121 BPM
The Drug I'm Thinking Of - (5:58) 125 BPM
More Love - (6:23) 119 BPM
02 Sep 16
Review: Greece's Chopshop are back. Having previously released work by Groove Armada, Yam Who? and Greg Wilson, this time they're here with another killer edit. George Kelly aka DJ Butcher's beloved label now takes the razor to some classic G-funk in the form of Snoop Dog and Dr. Dre's "Nuthin' But A G Thang". Tell us a DJ who doesn't need a edit of this classic? It also comes with a hand instrumental edit. Nice one fellas!
28 May 16
DJ ''S'' - "Cruiser" - (5:58) 114 BPM
Vaudafunk - "Sugar" - (6:28) 120 BPM
George Kelly - "Feet Start Moving" - (5:28) 120 BPM
Gradient Logic - "What About The Groove" - (7:04) 116 BPM
Review: This latest split EP from the ever-reliable party-starters at Chop Shop introduces two new faces to the roster: the previously unheard "DJ S", and sometime Vintage Music, Disco Fruit and Rebel Hearts types Gradient Logic. The former delivers a bouncy, slightly toughened up re-interpretation of Deodato's Brazilian disco-funk classic "Night Cruiser" (here re-titled simply "Cruiser"), while the latter get knee deep in Funkadelic on the kaleidoscopic synth-funk bump of "What About The Groove". Elsewhere, label talisman George Kelly drops a future re-edit anthem in the shape of the punchy, disco/boogie fusion "Feet Start Moving", and Vaudafunk teases out a killer saxaphone line on the distinctly big and bold "Sugar".
19 May 17
DJ ''S'' - "Shaft" - (5:55) 123 BPM
Vaudafunk - "Somebody Stole My Nuggets" - (5:26) 115 BPM
HP Vince - "Funky Disco Party" - (6:14) 120 BPM
S Nolla - "Do You Wanna" - (6:00) 118 BPM
Review: It's been a good while since the mighty DJ Butcher served us up one of his meaty selections of disco off-cuts for our listening pleasure. DJ "S" begins by tackling the mighty 70s jam "Shaft" - adding a thumping great house kick to bring it up to date. Elsewhere we get filtered French-touch style grooves on Vaudafunk's "Somebody's Stole My Nuggets" and HP Vince's "Funky Disco Party" is all about the hedonistic loops. Finally we end with an extremely familiar funk riff, toughed up to devastating effect on S Nolla's "Do You Wanna".
09 Apr 16
Review: These retweaked disco gems are solid gold. "Cleer Mind" strips a vintage cut down to locomotive drums, elegant strings and lilting sax refrains, "Love 2 Nite" ups the pace with chic sweeping orchestration, tight guitar licks and plenty of retro Pollard Syndrum hits, and finally the Raw Silk's immortal Do It To The Music lives on in the lovingly updated "Silky Music".
12 Jun 15
DJ Ace - "Der Kommissar" - (6:18) 120 BPM
George Kelly - "Vanilla Ice Cream" - (4:57) 118 BPM
Brick Fever - "A Lot To Offer" - (5:49) 116 BPM
Review: Fancy flavours may be all the rage, but there's little more delicious and refreshing on a hot summer's day than a cornet stuffed to the brim with vanilla ice cream. Certainly, that's the view of the guys and gals at Chopshop, who've named their latest collection of party-starting disco and electrofunk jams after the stuff. As usual, there's much to enjoy, from the rubbery bass and twinkling chords of Quincy Jointz and Shaddy's breezy "Rebel On The Run", to the sun-baked disco-house warmth of Brick Fever's "A Lot To Offer". As for George Kelly's title track, we can safely say it's the lick (sorry).
12 Aug 13
DJ Ace - "Soul Shadow" - (6:48) 111 BPM
Peter Francis & James Omerta - "Slo Grind" - (6:56) 107 BPM
Andy Kidd - "Remind Me" - (8:25) 91 BPM
DJ Butcher - "The Perfect High" - (4:11) 105 BPM
Rotarydisco76 - "Ultima Chance" - (4:52) 106 BPM
Played by: George Kelly, FINGERMAN, Irregular Disco Workers, Superbreak, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Hero Records, The Funk Hunters, Shota Tanaka (Beaten Space Probe), DJ FUDGE
Review: Having spent recent times darting between proper party fodder and strobelight disco delights, the Chopshop crew return with an EP the dips the tempo and depends the grooves for an altogether more slow burn feel. As usual, there's plenty to devour, from the warm chords and deep house sassisness of Peter Francis and James Omarta's "Slo Grind", to the lolloping, break-driven jazz-funk of Dj Butcher's "The Perfect High". Elsewhere, Andy Kidd doffs a cap to '80s rare groove with the soulful head-nodder "Remind Me" (arguably the EP's stand out track), and Rotarydisco76 impresses with the blazed, wide-eyed deep Latin funk of "Ultima Chance".
08 Jul 11
Music Turns Me On (DJ Butchers Mashup) - (5:30) 102 BPM
Wanna Know (DJ Butchers Mashup) - (6:03) 112 BPM
Simon Says Space (DJ Butchers Mashup) - (6:13) 115 BPM
The Beat (DJ Butchers Mashup) - (5:02) 120 BPM
03 Aug 12
Boyz - (5:16) 120 BPM
Need Some (vocal mix) - (5:30) 120 BPM
Need Some (dub mix) - (5:55) 120 BPM
The Partay Has Just Began - (4:40) 115 BPM
Review: To date, DJ Butcher has earned himself a reputation as a purveyor of fine party-starting tackle - the kind of edits-not-edits that blur the boundaries between remixes, mash-ups and original productions. This latest EP for his Chopshop label continues on a similar theme, with lead cut "Boyz" sitting somewhere between old skool electro, breaks, house and boogie. "Need Some" - available in vocal and dub flavours - sounds like a long lost New York freestyle cut from 1985 (no bad thing in our book), while "The Party Has Just Began" [sic] fixes heavy synth bass to the sort of acid-laden breakbeat-house jam that was all the rage around '89-90. All four tracks are, of course, buckets of fun.
11 Feb 15
Making Mad Music - (5:11) 114 BPM
Talk Is Cheap - (5:00) 112 BPM
You Promised Me Lovin' - (5:27) 108 BPM
Review: Disco deejay and scalpel-handy audio surgeon, DJ Butcher, has awoken from winter hibernation to deliver his first EP of 2015. The Last Hurrah boasts three new joints, all with a noticeably sultry vibe. "Making Mad Music" is all smoldering, percussive 1980s yacht-beat, "Talk Is Cheap" is a sharp, tight and a funky wake-up slap, and finally "You Promised Me Some Lovin'" is a combination of the two - with clipped, funky riffs grinding with sticky disco melodies.
24 Jan 14
Disco Nite - (5:00) 116 BPM
Ef U En Kay - (4:51) 114 BPM
Real Brother - (5:35) 116 BPM
Where's The Funk - (4:52) 114 BPM
Played by: George Kelly, DAVE GERRARD, FINGERMAN, Phunk Sinatra, Dario Piana, Jayl Funk, Djpascha, Alessandro Otiz, DISCO B (LATE NIGHT SESSIONS), Weedyman, Tosses & Varvez, Dan Solo, Marathon Edits, Black Amex, Voodoo Whiskey, Alan Mooney's Edits, The Digital Diggers
Review: There's something pleasingly old-fashioned about DJ Butcher's approach. Steadfastly committed to toasty, feelgood grooves, his productions veer from hip-hop influenced cut-and-paste creations to straight-up edits and sample-heavy blends. You'll fittingly find all three styles here, from the pleasingly sweet feelgood electrofunk grooves of "Disco Nite", and sample-heavy boogie bounce of "Ef U En Kay", to the "To Be Real" biting jazz-funk niceness of "Real Brother". Even better is the Rhodes-laden deep boogie-funk headiness of "Where's The Funk", which fittingly boasts some heavy percussive breaks and killer old school vocal samples.
02 Jun 14
Feature Presentation (Intro) - (1:27) 133 BPM
California Getaway - (6:08) 120 BPM
Sex Education - (5:20) 124 BPM
That's Right - (6:53) 108 BPM
Disco Owl - (4:21) 115 BPM
Breakdown - (4:32) 90 BPM
Dreaming Of You - (5:39) 75 BPM
Mustang Boss - (5:22) 116 BPM
All Rise - (5:08) 84 BPM
When She Was Sleeping - (4:20) 85 BPM
Exodus (Outro) - (1:43) 101 BPM
Played by: George Kelly, JimmyTheTwin, Dicky Trisco, FINGERMAN, Dario Piana, Superbreak, Jay Airiness / Moar / Venice Beach, Disco Tech (DiscoDat), G&D, Juno Recommends Disco, Evil Smarty, Weedyman, DJ P-SOL, DJ Blue Funk
Review: To mark the fifth anniversary of his re-edit imprint ChopShop, label owner DJ Butcher now presents his long awaited debut long player, "The Breaks". It's an ambitious project that took at least a year of deep digging, sourcing, remastering and editing. It was a labour of love of course, and this album has clearly been crafted with lots of love - with plenty of newly restored and delicately tweaked rare '70s funk gems, including the much-sampled bassline of "That's Right", the laser-tom drum assault of "Disco Owl" and the spacey Californian yacht rock of "Breakdown".
01 Feb 13
Sol Wrap (vocal mix) - (6:29) 106 BPM
Sol Wrap (Leftside Wobble mix) - (6:48) 106 BPM
Sol Wrap (Timewrap mix) - (6:13) 106 BPM
Sol Wrap (instrumental mix) - (4:49) 106 BPM
Played by: George Kelly, FINGERMAN, Jayl Funk, Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Hip Hop/R&B, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights)
Review: After honing his skills with a series of well-regarded re-edit releases, DJ Butcher changes tack here, delivering a devilishly sweet fusion of deep electrofunk, B-boy breaks and old skool hip-hop vocals. Clearly designed as a tribute to late '70s/early '80s hip-hop (check out the Sugarhill Gang/Furious Five style vocals), "Sol Wrap" has enough about it to suggest that it will easily slip into contemporary party sets. There's an instrumental, too, for those who can't be doing with the vocal, while Leftside Wobble offers up a slick remix that replaces the bass with pulsing vintage synth hits. The Latin-flavoured Timewrap Remix is pretty tasty, too.
01 Sep 14
Review: Chopshop supremo DJ Butcher is back following the success of his recent debut long player The Breaks. This time he's in pure uplifting party mode, delivering two slices of prime euphoric '70s disco. "Moog Brass Rhythm" is more than a little disco inferno with loops of brassy breaks held together with a nice 'n' loose hi-hat. A similar hi-hat can be found leading the slinky chopped up title track into sleazier territory. Good times are here again!
17 Nov 14
We Feelin' Good (vocal mix) - (5:19) 118 BPM
We Feelin' Good (instrumental) - (5:19) 118 BPM
We Feelin' Good (acapella) - (2:10) 80 BPM
Played by: George Kelly, FINGERMAN, YAM WHO?, Dario Piana, Tonbe, Jay Ru, Evil Smarty, Ramsey Hercules
Review: We're not sure where DJ Butcher keeps finding these rare and juicy joints to carve up for his Chopshop, but find them he does! His latest missive is "We Feeling Good" and totally upbeat beat slice of late '70s block rockin' disco-rap from the era of Sugarhill Records. Instrumentals and acapella versions are also supplied for maximum fun.
01 Mar 14
DJ Butcher - "Paradise" - (4:55) 102 BPM
JMRS - "Miss You" (original mix) - (6:56) 116 BPM
Situation - "Good Time Groove Train" - (7:08) 107 BPM
JMRS - "Miss You" (Romin remix) - (6:16) 116 BPM
Played by: B-Jam, George Kelly, FINGERMAN, Juno Recommends Disco, Jamie Fatneck, Martin Brodin, DISCO B (LATE NIGHT SESSIONS), Get Down Edits, DJ P-SOL
Review: The much-loved Chopshop label is back with four more saucy retakes for your aural pleasure. Label boss DJ Butcher kicks off proceedings with the shimmering bass odyssey of "Paradise", and next is JMRS' new cover of The Stones' "Miss You" which livens up this disco-rock classic with perky guitar and a Lionel Richie-esque vocal, finally the slinky female fronted funk of "Good Time Groove Train" leads us into Ronin's stormin electro-disco remix of "Miss You" - easily the coolest joint on this excellent EP.
29 May 17
Do It Again - (5:16) 122 BPM
Falses Faces - (4:39) 107 BPM
I Wouldn't Treat A Dog - (4:21) 105 BPM
The Breakdown Funk - (3:53) 100 BPM
Review: Previously found on compilations, here re-edit hero DJ Laurel, makes a solo debut on the mighty Chopshop. First up is the title track and suffice to say it takes a well loved 70s classic and goes back, Jack, and does it again...with a beefy back beat for good measure. Next, "Falses Faces", is more obscure, but just as effective with a tight, thumping funk groove and an impassioned vocal grunt-along. "I Wouldn't Treat A Dog" follows as a transportive melancholic Balearic dream, and "The Breakdown Funk" is an old-time boogie clap-a-long.
18 Aug 17
DJ XS - "25 Miles" - (8:05) 125 BPM
Fantasy Love Affair - "Slow Love" - (6:56) 116 BPM
Ken@Work - "The Jackal" - (6:32) 102 BPM
Saint Mathieu - "Special Things" - (5:30) 118 BPM
Review: The disco edits are coming thick and fast this August, perhaps the summer heat has ignited all the producer's creativity. DJ Butcher's ChopShop label has a new missive, Special Things, which sees the work of four talented acts rounded up and compiled for our listening pleasure. DJ XS is up first with the punchy drums and 80s soft rock vocals of pop-house jam, "25 Miles". Next Fantasy Love Affair present "Slow Love" - a loop-heavy slice of mellow beachside dream-boogie, Ken@Work gives us "The Jackal", a slow and bluesy groover, and lastly Saint Mathieu wraps it up with "Finer Things", a glorious P-Funk influenced disco-house bomb.
02 May 14
Bird Beat (9 Number edit) - (4:37) 106 BPM
Bird Beat (Cuts edit) - (5:04) 106 BPM
Bird Beat (DJ Butcher Club dub) - (5:20) 55 BPM
Bird Beat (DJ Ace remix) - (4:49) 106 BPM
Bird Beat (instrumental) - (5:02) 106 BPM
Bird Beat (bonus beats) - (2:43) 53 BPM
Played by: George Kelly, Clairvo (MustBeat), FINGERMAN, Chudy, Actual Sounds, Juno Recommends Breakbeat, Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Hip Hop/R&B, Basement Freaks, Alien Disco Sugar (Leonidas DeeJay), Relative Dimensions
Review: Classic b-boy business from start to finish, Tom Drummond steps forward with a slice of premium party breaks that sits somewhere between Ugly Duckling and Abdominal. A flavour array ensues as we're bombarded with creative twists; the scratch-heavy, breakdance-ready chops of the Cuts edit, the neat sweet organ blasts of DJ Butcher's sexy disco twist and DJ Ace's serious attention to detail on the drums all score high on the funk-o-meter. Flipping the bird has never been so essential.
18 Oct 13
Party Time (original mix) - (4:18) 120 BPM
Party Time (instrumental mix) - (4:17) 120 BPM
Party Time (DJ Butcher mix) - (5:27) 120 BPM
11 Jan 14
Rebounce (original mix) - (4:42) 117 BPM
Rebounce (instrumental) - (4:42) 117 BPM
Rebounce (No Diggity edit) - (4:42) 116 BPM
Played by: George Kelly, Clairvo (MustBeat), Chudy, Badboe, Juno Recommends Disco, Ez Icarus, Tosses & Varvez, Dusty Tonez
Review: Tom's cheeky productions have surfaced on a plethora of cheeky edit labels including Drum Beats, Chunky Traxx and Shak. However he seems to be settling in with the infamous Chopshop and here he's stays put for a hip hop fuelled corker. "Rebounce" is a slinky funky breaks number coupled with Timbaland's rap from Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody" for a more hands-in-the-air party anthem. If, for some bizarre reason, it fails to work, then call in the does-what-it-says-on-the-tin "No Diggity Edit" which will destroy all and sundry and then some!
07 Apr 17
Music Saved My Life - (5:46) 103 BPM
Vivre Libre - (4:13) 111 BPM
How Can I Forget - (5:21) 85 BPM
Review: Chopshop's latest saunter into the sun-kissed world of summertime grooves comes from Fantasy Love Affair, AKA Los Angeles-based scalpel merchant DJ Recycle. The Californian is in a predictably warm and loved-up mood throughout, shuffling between the saucer-eyed, mellow jazz-funk loveliness of "Music Saved My Life", where fluttering flute solos and lazy guitar riffs wrap themselves around a sumptuous groove, and the near horizontal, Terry Callier style soul bliss of "How Can I Forget". In between, you'll find "Vive Libra" - a swirling and occasionally grandiose chunk of shirts-off disco smothered in epic orchestration.
02 Dec 16
Fantasy Love Affair - "Lost In Venice" - (5:03) 107 BPM
Levantine - "Atmosphere" - (7:00) 110 BPM
C Da Afro - "The Sexy Groove" - (5:24) 97 BPM
DJ Laurel - "Rising On Top" - (5:41) 95 BPM
Review: Greek re-edit powerhouse, Chopshop, is back this time with a new various artist's compilation, Lost In Grooves. There's plenty of jollies to be had here, beginning with the high drama of "Lost In Venice" a swirling disco features golden tonsilled sirens and bug thumping drums. Elsewhere Levantine's "Atmosphere" recalls the good old days of French Touch, with its warm, filtered loops, C Da Afro opts for lazy beats and sumptuous strings on "The Sexy Groove" and DJ Laurel mellows things out with some silky 80s synth funk grooves on "Rising On Top". Slick!
05 Apr 13
I Know It's Mine - (7:03) 110 BPM
Lenny's Disco - (7:51) 115 BPM
Outta Sight - (8:12) 116 BPM
Honk Honk - (9:44) 120 BPM
Played by: George Kelly, Dicky Trisco, RedSoul, FINGERMAN, DJ Friction (Germany), Los Charly's Orchestra, Superbreak, Juno Recommends Disco, Pablo Contraband (Disco Deviant), Alessandro Otiz, The Funk Hunters, Moonoton, DISCO B (LATE NIGHT SESSIONS), Leon Sweet, Weedyman, NBMD, Peza, Get Down Edits, Dynamicron (Los Grandes/Our Nights), LeSale, B.G. Baarregaard, Lazy Kiss, VinylAddicted, Ralph Lawson, Deep Tenor City
Review: Trust us, in our experience when encountering someone who goes by a nickname like Fingerman, it's usually best not to enquire as to how they came to be christened so. Here though he seems intent for us to know his true story, and luckily for us he's explaining it through the language of music. "I Know Its Mine" is a snazzy, brassy anthemic jam, "Lenny's Disco" is super camp fun of the Carl Bean variety, "Outta Sight" is more low-slung stuff, and "Honky Honk", with its incredible sliding bassline, is the sound of a roof being raised!
15 Feb 16
Raised In The Ghetto - (5:44) 120 BPM
Spankbank - (5:44) 120 BPM
The Big McGee - (5:35) 126 BPM
Review: On his last outing, Grecian producer George Kelly successfully joined forces with vocalist Andre Esput to showcase the soulful side of his output. Here, he's back in solo mode, returning to the Chopshop imprint he founded some years back. The Big McGhee doesn't take long to get into its' stride, starting as it does with a slamming, decidedly heavyweight house rework of Marlena Shaw's "Woman Of The Ghetto". Jimmy 'Bo' Horne rework "Spankbank" is similarly stomping, with Kelly expertly cutting up and rearranging the original's famous electric piano riffs over a bounding house groove. Finally, the title track delivers a tightened up, straightened out version of Francine McGee's infamously wild disco smasher "Feelin' Good".
09 Dec 16
Music Turns Me On - (5:30) 102 BPM
However Do You Want Me - (5:09) 104 BPM
Paradise - (4:55) 102 BPM
Bright Lights (The Charms Of Chamille mix) - (5:43) 102 BPM
Turn It Up - (5:44) 110 BPM
Real Brothers - (5:35) 116 BPM
The Beat - (5:02) 120 BPM
Sol Wrap (vocal mix) - (6:29) 106 BPM
Where's The Funk - (4:52) 114 BPM
No Taboos - (4:59) 90 BPM
The Perfect High - (4:11) 105 BPM
Played by: George Kelly, DAVE GERRARD, Superbreak, Tonbe, Alien Disco Sugar / Leonidas DeeJay, Joseph Terruel, Massimo Vanoni (The Smoker), Down Under Disco
Review: Back in the day, US rock band Kiss created quite a furore when they were finally unmasked. Now it's the turn of veteran re-edit maestro DJ Butcher who, for this new LP, now steps beyond the moniker to reveal himself as George Kelly. Staying true to his heart he album delivers 11 tracks of what he does best - expert disco scalpel jobs. Highlights include the retweaked Eric B & Rakim/Coldcut jam "Music Just Turns Me On", the six-minute, string laden clap along "Turn It Up" and the squelchy funk grooves of "No Taboos".
06 Mar 17
Last Forever - (4:28) 100 BPM
Satisfaction Express - (5:28) 108 BPM
The Brass Band - (5:51) 112 BPM
Review: Chopshop's chief scalpel fiend, George Kelly, returns to action with another three-track assault of goodtime grooves. First up you'll find "Last Forever", a swinging chunk of sumptuous, string-drenched, saucer-eyed disco funk goodness that derives much of its instinctive sweetness from a hip-hop style breakbeat, fluttering dub effects and some particularly tasty horns. Kelly pushes up the tempo a little on "Satisfaction Express", a rework that benefits greatly from the producer's on-point rearrangement skills and subtle effects. It may not be that revolutionary by re-edit standards, but it's certainly very, very good. He completes a great package with the bouncy, Brass Construction style goodness of "The Brass Band".