Review: Dubbed 'The Smoker', Italy's Massimo Vanoni is certainly a producer of stoner-friendly Balearic disco jams if ever there was one. This founder of Atop Records has only been operating under this moniker for less than five years (we suspect he's been around for longer though), here he hooks up with DiscoDat for this varied and lively EP. First up "African Night" is a whirling dervish of intoxicating Afrofunk, "Nameless Brat" lays on the wah-wah guitar riffs a plenty, "They Will Never Be Able To Stop Our Groove" is a long and winding Eurodisco chugger and lastly "My House" is a bongo-tastic white isle chill-fest.
Review: After putting out three Mixed Bags on Wall Of Fame and other material for Hot Digits, FKR and Editorial, P Sol lands on DiscoDat! His entrance is a laid back one with the lazy Sunday vibes of "You Left Me", while "Six Machine" is amplified funk with trumpeting horns, walking basslines and sassy vocals. "Not Easy" ventures down a soul route leaving the flutey "Harlem River Drive" to seal the deal of a great four-track release.
Review: Hot on the heels of a recent, well received deep house excursion on Paper, Norwegian producer BG Baarregaard pops up on Swedish edit label DiscoDat with a pair of white hot scalpel reworks. "Out Of Space, Out Of Time" adds a heavy house pulse to Electrik Funk's 1982 Prelude classic "On A Journey", cleverly combining elements from the vocal and instrumental versions on a thrillingly spacey rework. "The Void" has more of a European feel, sounding like a cross between the muscular, arpeggio-heavy throb of Munich Machine, the tongue-in-cheek cheeriness of Italo-disco, and the melodious, organic feel of obscure Balearica. The results are both dancefloor-friendly and impressive, despite the laidback feel of the chiming melodies.
Review: Its been a while since we've had the pleasure of a new installment in mister if-it-ain't-broke, Disco Tech's Funky Heroes series. Well, panic over - he's back and he's brandishing six new cuts, all of which are mercilessly aimed at the dancefloor. The level of quality is high, but our particular faves include the intense, jagged new wave funk of "You A Winner Babe", the love-lorn Caribbean lilt of "Feel About U" and the tropical Italo-disco of closer "Make Daddy Shook".
Review: Southampton's Evil Smarty has been collaborating with the likes of Bad Barbie recently, but here he's doing his own thing. He's been busy too, chopping up five choice cuts, highlights being the mantra-like 80s funk loops of "The One", the rough and raunchy disco pumper "Hotel" and the Gino Soccio-borrowing sultry grind of "Dancer".
Review: A relative newcomer on the re-edit scene, La Tuerie now finds himself getting another boost with a release on Disco Tech's DiscoDat imprint. He's come up with the goods too, rustling up four tough but tasty nuggets of disco-house. Highlights include the lazy jazz funk loops of "Fall", the slow-slam of ecstasy houser "Love X Love" and the deep garage of "Back For More".
Review: Disco Tech's re-edit label DiscoDat has earned itself a strong reputation due to its relentless stream of high quality reworks. Here, on the Metropolis EP, they look towards Fritz Lang for some inspiration, but beyond the titles and cover, the mysterious Rare Cuts stick to '70s grooves. There are four tracks to immerse yourself in, with our favourites being the smooth and jazzy soul ballad "Sweetest Pain" and the suspended tension of tight and funky space jam "Get It Up".
Review: Having previously plied his trade on Midnight Riot, Hot Digits and Hotbox Boogie, amongst others, Perth-based Casual Connections makes his debut for DiscoDat. Those familiar with his smooth, dubby and floor-friendly re-edits will feel right at home. Like fellow Aussie Rocco Raimiundo, Casual Connection is a master at looping and dubbing out forgotten '80s soul and electrofunk gems, giving them filter-heavy, house-friendly tweaks whilst retaining the essence of the original tracks. There's plenty to enjoy across the eight tracks featured here, from the re-imagined disco-funk shuffle of "Do Thangs" and horn-totin' throb of "Shake It", to the delay-laden boogie-dub antics of "Sugar" and string-drenched sweetness of "Do You Believe".
Review: Iceland's BG Baarregaard has made a big impression on the nu-disco scene - already releasing on a plethora of hip labels (Audaz, Whiskey Disco, Editorial) since his arrival two years ago. Here joins up with Disco Dat for two sizzlers: the arpeggiated 4/4 synth-disco slammer "Play With Us", and the slinkier, glittery funk loops of "Pitch Black City". Classy!
Review: Things have been a bit quiet from retro funk producer B Jam since his bumper packed eight-track EP last year on Midnight Riot. We can all relax now, as he's back with four new tracks under the attention grabbing title "Dog Slap". The rolling electro-funk stomper "Hide Out" gets things going nicely, and from there we see The Real Thing's disco staple "Can You Feel The Force" get a rocket up its backside and "The Magician" provide some breaky, rubber bass thrills, before "Talk About" wraps things up in a gloriously chopped up '80s electro-soul fashion.
Review: Serbian disco head Tonbe has previously impressed with a string of EPs in which he effortlessly joins the dots between disco, funk, soul and house. On this debut album, he's at it again, delivering a 10-track collection of contemporary disco-funk jams smothered in clipped guitars, rubbery basslines, sturdy house beats and rasping horns. While the formula is simple, the results are never less than excellent. From the winding flute solo and double bass pressure of "Double Bass Rules" and loose funk shuffle of "Horny & Sexy", to the smooth Hammond and swinging beats of "Raw Taste", Detective's Story is a veritable sprint through head-nodding, toe-tapping, hip-wigglin' dancefloor goodness.
Review: Stockholm's Discodat label is pushing a Scandinavian sound that's pretty distant from the kind of Scandi EDM floating about these days. With this debut from Nordstorm though, the label ventures a little from their soul/funk/disco re-edit ethos into more deep synthpop territory. The Jessie Ware-esque "All We Need" is dripping in luxuriant mid '80s pop-dance production, "Set It Out" is beyond smooth - heavy layers of snow-washed keyboards fizzing over a Balearic backdrop. Finally "Clair De Reve" is an orgy of bass and DX7 pads; just think 'Miami Vice club scene' and you'll get the picture. Slick.
Review: Serbian producer Milos Djordjevic returns with another three reasons to be cheerful, and an EP bristling with classic funk, soul, disco and boogie touches. His formula - head-nodding house blended with edit style loops and neat musical touches - rarely fails to deliver the sort of rock solid grooves guaranteed to ignite the dance. Here, the real killer is arguably "Funkstar", a thickset fusion of sturdy house grooves, clipped funk guitars, sprightly horns and gritty bass. That's not to say the other two tracks aren't hot, mind; "For My People" is a groovesome chunk of jazz-funk goodness (with house bottom end), while the drifting horns, loose rhythms, eyes-shut guitar solos and rolling Hammond organs of "Summer Education" are every bit as intoxicating.
Review: Who'd ever have thought that when the nights grow dark and cold, the exotic disco we turn to for warmth would be supplied by a Siberian producer? Well, it's true, and here, Alexander Chebankov aka Sunner Soul delivers three more sizzlers to keep the frostbite at bay. This time produced without his pal Banana Lover, "Hey" is all laid back and loungey guitar funk, "Mysterious Investigator" is seriously cool bass and bongos driven disco-fizz and "Street Madness" wraps things up with shimmering and golden phaser-heavy looped grooves. Hot!
Review: The man known for his pinkies as well as his disco edits, Fingerman's latest smorgasbord of funk bears the portentous title "Grooveskool Beatdown Vol 2". The epic vibes don't stop at the title, with he of the digits applying larger than life swooshes, thumps, whizzes and bangs to the likes of Fat Larry's Band's "Act Like You Know", Leon Haywood's "I'm Out To Catch" and The Whispers' "Keep On Lovin' Me". Dance action guaranteed.
Review: Having been in the game since 1996, Portsmouth-based nu-disco DJ Gregg Holmes knows a thing or two about slick disco re-edits. Here, under his Fingerman alias, he treats us to five vintage reworks. "2 Remember" takes good old Shalamar, stretches them out and wraps them in disco swishes, with more claps than a standing ovation. Elsewhere, Teena Marie's "I Need Your Lovin'" gets gently teased and filtered on "Just A Little Luv". Bloodstone get extra electronic percussion on "Stronger Love" and The Chi-Lites get a dirty house workover on "Move That Bottom".
Review: Since launching earlier this year, Disco Tech's DiscoDat label has picked up a lot of attention within the re-edit community. Here, Disco Tech gathers together a bunch of previously unreleased reworks from some of his pals in the scene. It's a good collection, variously alternating between dubbed-out slo-mo soul (see his own "Stormy", Reflex's "Thrill Is Gone" and Andrew Clarke's excellent "Mellow Blow") and dancefloor disco (Steef's "Whole Lotta Love", B-Jam's cut-up gem "Seen It All"). He also finds space for Copycat's excellent "You'll Like It Too", a gospel-tinged soulful number that should impress all those who like their disco soulful, musical and uplifting.