Discocholics Anonymous Recordings is an off shoot of the Discoholics Anonymous music blog.
With a firm focus on Disco, Re-edits, Nu-Disco and Balearic/Downtempo Discoholics Anonymous Recordings will aim at high quality releases with artists as Drop Out Orchestra, Monsieur Van Pratt, Dexter Jones, Sauco and many more.
Celebrating its first successes in the summer of 2020, Discoholics Anonymous Recordings shot straight into the Disco top 20 with Drop Out Orchestra's 'Tunga Stenar', DISCOANON003.
Review: The Kiwi king of the re-edit returns with two more reworkings of classic cuts from days of yore. First to get the treatment is Ann Peebles' 'I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down' from 1973, as covered by Paul Young in the 80s - but don't let that put you off, because the original was a bona fide soul anthem and Dice's chopped n' looped take is very playable too. 'Cali Dreamin' meanwhile isn't the Mamas & Papas classic, but instead reworks an unidentified, male-voiced cover thereof. We can tell you it's not the Wes Montgomery, Colorado, Denial or Winston Francis recordings... our disco detectives gave up after that!
Review: A definite case of wearing your heart on your sleeve here, as Discoholics Anonymous serve up an eight-track collection of tracks built for when you and that special someone are (ahem) getting better acquainted. Some of the tracks here are straight-up re-edits - Gwen McCrae's "Let's Straighten It Out" becomes Lup Ino's "Tossing And Turning", while Billy Paul's "Let's Make A Baby" is reworked by The Found Sound Orchestra and FF Edits revisit a much-loved Bobby Caldwell classic. Others are seemingly original productions, while stylistically the album ranges from scratchy leftfield hip-hop to mellow Balearica to smooth soul... but as a set, it should serve its purpose perfectly.
Review: A couple of fine re-edits here courtesy of Dice_NZ, AKA Auckland-based Brit DJ Dave Ti and friends. Opener 'Balti More' (source unknown) is a laidback affair with a reggae-like lilt and hints of west coast jazz-funk in the guitars, while 'Let's Think Twice' revisits Donald Byrd's 1975 Blue Note classic 'Think Twice', as sampled or covered by artists as diverse as Armand Van Helden, The Orb, Peanut Butter Wolf and Erykah Badu. Dice_NZ's take was first released as a free download a year or two back, but if you missed out then here's your chance - don't sleep second time around.
Review: DiCE_NZ are a loose collective centred around DJ Dave Ti, a UK native who relocated to Auckland in 2005. He/they made his/their name on the re-edits scene, but has/have latterly made the move into production, working alongside the likes of Fat Freddy's Drop and The Black Seeds and picking up regular spins from Craig Charles. Here, though - in surely the week's most laudable act of recidivism - Dave's up to his old tricks again, reworking Carole King classic 'It's Too Late' and an unidentifed but infuriatingly familiar jazz-funker into mellow, looping jams built for back rooms and post-club chilling.
Review: Two sexy 'n' sophisticated soul/boogie re-edits here from DiCE_NZ, a loose collective of producers and musicians helmed by Auckland-based Fat Freddy's Drop collaborator DJ Dave Ti. 'Paradise' revisits Barbra Streisand & Robin Gibb's 'Promises' from the 1980 'Guilty' album, while Odyssey's 'Don't Tell Me, Tell Her' (also from 1980, and the AA-side to 'Use It Up And Wear It Out') provides the basis for 'Don't Tell Me'. Drawing on such heavy-hitting sources you already KNOW the quality's going to be there, but vibes-wise, think 'Too Slow To Disco' for the first one and '3am at Horse Meat Disco' for the latter.
Review: A two-tracker here from UK duo Pookie Knights, hosts of the weekly Black Light Disco show on NYC's MyHouseRadio FM. Fathers Children's 1979 funk/soul jam 'Hollywood Dreaming' provides the basis for 'Sweetest Sweetness' itself, a mellow, brass-led groover that can safely be filed under "laidback and gangster-lean"! 'Good Vibrations', meanwhile, draws on 'Sweet Vibrations' by Latimore - a soul cut released on TK sub-label Glades all the way back in 1976 - and has a similar smooth, Sunday afternoon vibe to the lead track. There's no shortage of hi-octane mirrorball stompers around right now - head here for something a little more sophisticated.
Review: Last month saw Monsieur Van Pratt aka Jesus Rodriguez deliver a remix for Drop Out Orchestra's top 10 Disco hit "Tunga Stenar". Rodriguez is a self-taught musician who mixes the grooves from the late '70s disco, '80s funk and the catchy rhythm of jazz. He is back with his solo debut on Denmark's Discoholics Anonymous Recordings. "1984" sees the Ciudad De Mexico based producer deliver an uplifting and neon-lit nu-disco belter that sounds straight out of its namesake's year. This is supported by Sauco's remix which is more like a dub mix and incorporates some roaring diva vocals for added effect.
Review: On their previous outing, long-serving nu-disco duo Drop Out Orchestra joined forces with vocalist Emma Putila for a cheery outing that cannily combined elements of celebratory disco old and new. This time out, they've opted for more of a Balearic nu-disco feel, with calming flute solos, rich electric piano chords and colourful synth sounds riding snappy drums and one of their trademark bass guitar lines. Throw in some clipped, Chic style guitar riffs and jazzy solos and you have a track tailor made for lazy afternoons and humid evenings. The obligatory remix comes courtesy of rising star Monsieur Von Pratt, who makes the most of the pair's brilliant bass and guitar parts, combining them with chunkier beats and a few more squiggly synth lines to excellent effect.