Review: Italian edit stallion Belabouche is back and he's brandishing possibly his most funky work yet. "Give It Up" starts things in a celebratory mood with tough kicks connecting with bass twangs and all sewn together nicely with smooth diva vocals, "Disco Strut" is sassier and slower too - just a laid back disco-rock jam, "Coming To You Live" features layers of percussion that form a muscular chassis of a particularly cool vintage disco motor. Finally it's all about some serious space boogie on the dancefloor seducer "Get Up An' Dance".
Review: There's always been an authentic feel about Belabouche's re-edits. While the Italian producer does occasionally beef up the bottom end or add the odd bit of additional percussion, his reworks feel like traditional scalpel jobs. That's certainly the case with the material showcased on this sixth volume in his Bela Edits series. It can be heard in the rich, jazzy looseness or the organ and synth-laden, sunshine disco shuffle of "Liquore", the dub-wise Brazilian boogie brightness of "Do Ben", and the elastic bassline, sharp horns and celebratory vocals of "Cause It Feels Good". Arguably best of all, though, is the sax-and-organ heavy Afrobeat shuffle of closer "Afrobeats".
Review: Sometime Katakana Edits artist Belabouche has previously released some of the highest quality material FKR Maison Du Groove has to offer. Predictably, his latest five-track assault is another must-check for those who like their edits rolling and funk-fuelled. Highlights include the razor-sharp guitar riifs, fizzing P-funk grooves and insatiable slap bass of "Get Funky", the throbbing Italo-disco goes disco-house stomp of "Funk A Freak" and the heavy horn lines and lolloping grooves of high-grade Afrobeat rework "Afro Dialects". Elsewhere, closing cut "Mirage" is a head-nodding mid-tempo revision of a Santana style workout, while "Bullshits" is a muscular re-edit of what sounds like an old Grace Jones workout from the iconic artist's "Warm Leatherette" period.
Review: With the possible exception of slo-mo sensation LTJ, Belabouche is Italy's finest scalpel specialist. He usually digs deep for source material, and the resultant reworks are both reverential (largely steering clear of over-quantized drums and filter tricks) and dancefloor-friendly. This third EP of edits for FKR is full of tasty morsels, from the freshly baked party grooves of cheery funk shuffler "Jam On Sun" and the sensual '80s soul loveliness of "My Life", to the soaring, string-laden peaktime disco of "At The Park". Best of all, though, is opener "Turned On", a mid-tempo chunk of horn tootin' disco that shuffles, throbs and climaxes in all the right places.
Review: While he may be one of the most prolific re-editors around, Belabouche rarely fails to deliver the goods - a point emphatically proved by the Italian artist's latest outing on regular home FKR Maison du Groove. He begins by inviting us to "A Party", a gleefully celebratory romp through bouncy peak-time disco-funk pastures rich in sing-along chorus vocals, clipped guitars, crunchy Clavinet lines, rolling drums and a fresh analogue bassline that's weightier than Homer Simpson after several foot-long sandwiches and gallons of Duff beer. "Happy Not Happy" is a slightly looser and groovier (but no less cheery) workout featuring house style drums, filter effects and ear-catching trumpet lines, while "One Night In Napoli" is a languid shuffle through spacey Italian disco complete with jazz-funk horns and intergalactic Moog lines.
Review: Respectively Italy and France's most prolific editors, Belabouche and KS French, return to FKR with a quartet of super-tight disco jams. Belabouche aims straight for the top with two stone-cold takes on James Brown ("Loud Funky") and Sly & The Family Stone ("Let Me"). Elsewhere Monsieur French Kiss tightens his funk belt with the slippery licks of "Supa Funky" before dropping into horn heaven and harmony heaven a la People's Choice with "Do It Like". Super funky indeed.
Review: It would be fair to say that Chuggin Edits Volume 1 does exactly what its' title promises. While closer "If There's Love Don't Throw It Away" reaches the dizzy heights of 120 BPM - along the way stretching and dubbing out a swirling, string-drenched chunk of loved-up disco-soul - the EP's other two tracks are slow, smooth, hypnotic and groovy. Choose between the walking bassline, sensual vocals, jazzy solos and head-in-the-clouds vibe of "The Cost Of Love", and "So Glad You're Mine", a toe-tappin', head-noddin', summer soul cool-down full of loose drum breaks, fuzzy horns and razor-sharp strings.
Review: There are re-edits and there are re-edits, aren't there? There's the type where Producer X lifts an old disco track or pop hit almost in its entirety and shoves a 4/4 kick underneath, and then there's the type where one tiny microsnip of some unidentified dusty gem gets looped up within an inch of its life. Here, KNT Edits brings us an EP packing six of the latter kind: these simple looping, string-drenched disco grooves might leave mass market crowds cold, but they'll keep dedicated disco floors moving in a way that yet another remake of 'Love Sensation' or 'Let's Dance' never would!
Review: Hats off to Kng Edits: it's unusual for us to get through a whole EP's worth of re-edits without being able to name at least one or two of the sources, but they've dug deep enough to leave us baffled here! What you end up once they've finished, though, are a couple of hypnotic soul/disco chugathons ('Give Me What You Got', 'Jackhotel'), one piano-tastic workout for the jazz dancers ('HigJaz') and one fat-assed funker from the Fatback/Ohio Players school of thought. Any and all of which, served to a proper disco/funk floor, should do the most efficiently.
Review: FKR's in-house re-edit crew return with four more reworks of vintage funk and soul nuggets. 'God Soul' is up first, a laidback groove that loops up a couple of lines of vocal from Supreme Jubilee's 1979 soul/gospel cut 'It'll All Be Over'. The original sources of the other three cuts remain a mystery, but the more upbeat and sunny 'Love With You (Part 1)' has a looping scat vocal, and 'Into The Groove' ain't nothin' but a funky shuffle, while completing the EP is 'P.E In Effect' that loops up a jaunty piano riff. Last two tracks in particular are all-instrumental affairs and would work well as warm-up material on funk/soul floors
Review: KNG, the partnership of KS French and Mr Given Raw is back with three new disco edits, and they're summer sizzlers the lot of them. "Got To Get" is a bawdy, swingin' swagger of vintage disco-rock, whilst "Get It On" introduces tougher French house beats and loops to the mix. Lastly "Brown Groove" turns its filters to 11 for a low-slung cocktail house jam. Groovy!
Review: The scarily prolific KS French - France's most productive maker of house-friendly disco re-edits - returns with the third instalment of his ongoing Super Groove series. As usual, there's plenty to tickle the fancy of those looking for tried-and-tested, club-friendly interpretations of classic and little-known cuts. "B Rappin" does an impressive job of tweaking Blondie's "Rapture" - working the groove hard and abandoning most of the vocals - while the standout "See My Baby" offers an addictive interpretation of a familiar, low-slung disco-funk groover. Elsewhere, check the celebratory horns, hustling groove and thrilling vocals of "My Music". While KS French has added his usual metronomic house beats, it's deftly done.
Review: Mysterious Parisian disco-house maestro KS French, has rustled us up three more slices of what he does best as part of his ongoing Super Groove series. "The Fuzz" kicks things off with some beguiling, guitar echoes, elastic basslines, and a sleazy, hissy thump, "Make Me" does its own thing and goes slow, opting instead for dreamy, filtered Balearica-meets soul and lastly "We On It" closes the show with some classy 70s hotel bar-style grooves.
Review: Prolific, filter-loving disco re-editor KS French returns to action with another quintet of floor-friendly revisions. The experienced Parisian impresses with opener "All My Life", a sumptuous, string-laden anthem with just the right amount of contemporary production trickery. There's more spine-tingling fare in the shape of the soulful shuffler "Do For Love", while "Supernatural" turns a disco-funk smasher into a smooth head-nodder. A Motown staple goes under the knife on the sinewy "Take Me Back", while "Think Over" is the kind of grandiose, uplifting disco fare that makes 30-something men want to whip off their shirts and pretend they're dancing in the Paradise Garage.
Review: Some things in life are constant: the sky being blue, gravity pulling things down and almost weekly releases from Paris based re-editor, KS French. This latest instalment sees French exploring retro funk vibe instead of the disco house he's usually known for. Of the four tunes here, the lean and muscular "Do The Wrong Side", the soft & gentle wispy disco of "Over You" and the gritty funk thumper of "Turn It Loose" get our vote!
Review: By his dizzyingly prolific standards, KS French has been eerily quiet of late. In fact, "Kate Edits" is the Gallic producer's first release for some six months, following several years spent serving up a new EP almost every month. Perhaps the break has done him some good, because all three tracks are amongst his strongest outings for some time. Opener "You're The One", for example, brilliantly alternates between glassy-eyed mid-tempo disco goodness and loopier sections seemingly influenced by the classic edits of Mark E and the Revenge, while "Le Good Time" is a drowsy chunk of filter-sporting deep house that makes expert use of dub delays and loved-up disco samples. "Heaven", meanwhile, is an emotion-rich rework of what sounds like a Barry White classic.
Review: Gallic producer KS French has been operating on the house-friendly end of the disco re-edit spectrum for some time, serving up popular, club-ready reworks on his label FKR Maison Du Groove. This is his first outing of 2018 and contains a trio of tried-and-tested reworks. Plenty will love opener "Can't Fake", a sprightly, synth-heavy revision of a Geraldine Hunt classic that's less compressed and house style than many of his popular reworks. Elsewhere, "Bae Sweet Love" sees the Frenchman make merry with a dewy-eyed chunk of late night '80s soul, while killer closing cut "Runin" [sic] flits between stripped-back sections of disco-funk groove and celebratory, piano-sporting passages of rushing peak-time goodness.
Review: KS French either has a ridiculously large archive of edits, or he works unfeasibly fast. Either way, the Paris-based producer has put out a staggering amount of music this year; unbelievably, Super Groove V2 is his 31st EP of 2014. Happily, his knack for creating floor-friendly edits has not deserted him. The expansive, bass-heavy Curtis Mayfield rub "Tuerie II" is particularly potent, while there's a sweaty, low-slung sensuality to the head-nodding grooves and electric vocals of "Hot Night Tool". Best of all, though, is "Touch Me", a filter-heavy disco-house rework of Space classic "Carry On, Turn Me On". It's subtly done, but sounds like a guaranteed floor-filler.
Review: Given his insane productivity, we wouldn't ne surprised if KS French was chained to his computer day and night, whizzing through another batch of re-edits on Ableton Live while planning world domination. While the reality is probably a little less glamorous, he's produced another strong collection of reworks here. Opener "Love Vibration" delivers a lightly beefed-up, filter-sporting revision of a mid-tempo, string-laden disco classic, while "My World About You Bae" applies similar sonic trickery to a glassy-eyed chunk of disco-soul bliss. Elsewhere, "Back For" is a lolloping, head-nodding and toe-tapping take on another familiar favourite, while "Baggi" is a heavily filtered take on what sounds like a sun-kissed Italian disco gem. If you're after mind-altering loops and head-nodding dancefloor pressure, closing cut "Soul Cry" should be essential listening.
Review: While it can be hard keeping up with KS French's packed release schedule, you have to admire the Parisian re-editor's dedication to his craft. Given the sheer volume of material he puts out, we imagine he probably spends much of his time chained to his computer knocking out new filter-heavy reworks to delight his dancefloors and ours. So what's on offer this time round? Opener "Amore Piaccio" is a delightly low-slung, bass-heavy affair: a tidy house style rework of a Latin disco chugger which naturally comes complete with the Frenchman's trademark special effects and energy-building trickery. "Light My Fire" meanwhile sees him add a little subtle house bump to a glassy-eyed late '60s soul cut inspired by the Doors record of the same name.