Review: Shir Khan's popular Black Jukebox series - an outlet for weighty, club-focusedcuts often doused in disco flavours or nostalgic nods to 1990s house music - reaches its 35th instalment. The man at the controls this time round is sometime Black Riot, Half Assed and Large Music contributor Ralph Session. DJ Amir lends a hand on opener 'That Raw', a hazy, thickset deep house number replete with rising and falling melodies and hushed spoken word vocals, before Session goes solo on the jauntier, piano-and-sax-sporting positivity of 'Do It'. Elsewhere across the EP, 'If You Want' is a deeper, smoother and warmer late-night box jam that packs plenty of percussive punch, while standout 'Raw Sax' wraps snaking saxophone solos and echoing synth riffs around a weighty acid bassline and genuinely jacking drums.
Jacob B & Richie Corrigan - "Paradise" - (7:22) 142 BPM
Review: As the title makes clear, Shir Khan's 'Exploited Club Trax' series - which here reaches its' eighth instalment - is not bound by a complicated concept: it's merely about making people dance... and ideally in the most energetic, enthusiastic way possible. The long-serving DJ has once again selected plenty of no-nonsense, peak-time ready treats, all of which are guaranteed to get dancers in a spin. There's plenty to set the pulse racing across the 15 tracks on show, with our picks including the fiendishly sub-heavy, mid-90s piano house rush of 'Hurts' by Black Hawks of Panama (featuring vocals from Bisi), the Italo-meets-robo-disco bounce of Packim's 'Tanzen', a brilliant booty bounce revision of Aiwaska's 'Imagination' courtesy of DJ Assault, and the 8-bit electro-disco of Levantine's 'Disco Relaxation'.
Review: Mancunian DJ/producer Danny Ward aka Moodymanc collaborates with the legendary Diane Charlemagne, whose work you may know from albums by Goldie, Moby, High Contrast and London Elektricity to name but a few. The result is "Take Me Back" on Berlin-based label Exploited, a retro futurist track that's at once deep and soulful. You can bet Ward returns under his trusted Dubble D alias as well, providing some very nice vocal and dub remixes.
Review: There are cuts to suit a range of tastes on this three-tracker from Germany's Enduro Disco, a purveyor of "contemporary disco for the discerning ear". 'Julio' itself blends elements of 70s disco and 80s boogie and European electronica, and could find favour on a range of floors. The 80s vibes come further to the fore on 'One Jam', which also has vaguely tropical overtones, while completing the package is 'Standing Up', a more meandering and contemplative affair with a slight leftfield twist. It's all perhaps more suited to long afternoon sets than peaktime dancefloor action, but worth checking all the same.
Review: Spaziale Recordings boss Stefano Ritteri takes centre stage for the latest edition of Shir Khan presents Black Jukebox 32! Turning in four sweet electro based tracks that reference all manner of killer groups, genres and dance styles, get your fandangled industrial Italo electro from "Donna" - as if somehow inspired by Yello - next to some gushing disco expressions in "Slow Tripping" to make any dancer drunk with love. Pushing towards a slightly new wave tip in "Brutesque" (as if slightly referencing Stereolab & Nurse With Wound) there's more joy to be found in the deep and spacey UKG of "Robot Luv". Can you feel it.