Review: It was way back in 2013 that Brooklyn boys J Kriv & The Disco Machine first unveiled "Make It Hot", a languid and summery chunk of 1970s disco revivalism whose manifold attractions included a killer 'walking' bassline and a Tony Montana style vibraphone solo. Seven years on, File Under Disco has decided to offer up a fresh set of reworks. Ray Mang predictably steels the show with two killer rubs: an insanely weighty, driving and dubbed-out "High Pressure Dub" and a more relaxed "Warm Front Extension" that sees him emphasize the pair's superb original instrumentation. Elsewhere, Pete Herbert and Dicky Trisco re-imagine the track as a squelchy nu-disco number and J Kriv devlivers a "Meltdown Mix" that surprisingly sits somewhere between NYC freestyle, Italo-disco and proto-house. Tidy!
Review: File Under Disco's latest slice of revivalist dancefloor action comes from former Whiskey Disco regulars Vagabundo Club Social. Unlike its edit-minded predecessors, "Disco Criollio" is an original production - and a fine one at that. Rich in bouncy beats, crunchy Clavinet lines, punchy Latin horns and relentless electric bass, it's a metronomic but loose-limbed disco delight that sits somewhere between original disco and the classier end of the nu-disco spectrum. Dicy Trsico's near nine-minute remix, which beefs up the beats to house standards while emphasizing the original keys, Clavinet lines and bass, offers a straighter alternative for peak-time plays.
Review: File Under Disco: releasing 100% original disco since 2012. Their latest release is by Oh Yeah, who produced the massive "Nothing But The Beat" last year which included a mighty Hot Toddy remix. Now they deliver yet another dancefloor weapon of a track: it's reminiscent of classic Michael Jackson or '80's Motown. Remixes are by Perth's finest Dr Packer: two in fact. The first injects much more funk and dancefloor dynamics into the track, while the dub mix does exactly what it says on the tin. New Zealand's Frank Booker is in top form as always, getting that soulful '70s vibe on and finally Razor 'N Tape's Dicky Trisco & JKriv go for a New York City circa '83 kinda joint: which will take you back to the days of Studio 54.
Review: The fabulous "Funkynoizer" is typical of Daniele Baldelli and DJ Rocca's previous collaborative work, melding as it does spacey, cosmic electronics and alien noises with delay-laden guitar flourishes, funk-fuelled bass and dubbed-out horn lines. It's really rather good and comes accompanied by a trio of remixes. Selvagem embraces the duo's instinctive musical insanity while dragging "Funknoizer" further towards dub disco territory, before Pete Herbert and Dicky Trisco lay down a summery, dub-flecked Balearic disco interpretation. DJ Rocca rounds things off with a "Boogie" mix of his own that cannily draws out the original's synth bassline while adding jangling piano riffs seemingly inspired by Cheryl Lynn's "To Be Real".
Review: Rather surprisingly, this is File Under Disco's first release of 2016. Happily, it's a bit of a doozy, with Brooklyn's J Kriv gathering together The Disco Machine band for the first time since 2013's much-played "Make It Hot". Escort's Adeline Michele guests, adding strong, catchy and attractive vocals to an authentic NYC disco bomb built around a Chic style groove, fluid synths, crunchy Clavinet lines and cowbell-heavy percussion. The authenticity of J Kriv's production is highlighted on the accompanying Instrumental, while old pal Dicky Trisco does his best Walter Gibbons impression on a near 11-minute remix that allows each instrumental part room to breathe.
Review: File Under Disco's "100% original disco music" remit is refreshing in these days of countless re-edits and sample-heavy nu-disco mash-ups. Their latest salvo comes from London's Oh Yeah, whose trademark sound effortlessly blends live drums, bass, guitars, keys and vocals. "Nothing But The Beat" is a strong debut, sitting somewhere between sharp, Chic-style disco, hazy jazz-funk and early '90s acid jazz. The remix package is notably strong, too, with Crazy P man Hot Toddy delivering a pair of reworks. On both he toughens things up a little and adds a few dub disco flourishes, whilst retaining the band's wonderful instrumentation. His Dub, in particular, is superb.
Review: NY disco from Japan via England... Max Essa continues to rule the disco roots in the far east, and he does so with a highly distinctive yet super authentic sound that digs deep into the roots while looking into the future. At once dreamy, Balearic and glamorous, "Runnin' Out Of Night" is coated with crystalline pianos and wafty pads before we drop into a slick, thick guitar and bass groove. For added measure File Under Disco have commissioned two remixes; JKriv gets spacy and dubby on "Love Beyond" while Ray Mang adds a little jazz-flecked perk to "Runnin' Out Of Night". The only thing you'll be running out of is time to play all three in one set.
Review: The File Under Disco label glide into the double figures here and show they are perfectly at home, offering a platform for rising Chicago producer Chris E. Pants to present his disco credentials. And boy does he pass with flying colours! Fans of Mark Seven's Parkway label will love the way lead track "1981" shimmers with post disco-proto house intent - serious Patch Adams and Shep Pettibone vibes on this one. Fellow Chicago selector and producer The Black Madonna is on remix duties and once again shows why she's so severely under rated with a self styled "dubbed to the bone" remix that will get Chicken Lips fans all excited. Disco Deviant pair Pete Herbert & Dicky Trisco line the B-side with a burning disco version!
Review: In a bid to promote their first vinyl compilation, Original & Unreleased Volume 1, the kind lads and lasses at File Under Disco have delivered this digital taster. It features remixes of previously released FUD jams by Drop Out Orchestra and JKriv & The Disco Machine. The former's "The National Theatre" gets a jaunty, extra-percussive refresh from British nu-disco veterans Dicky Trisco and Pete Herbert, who make great use of the original's sharp, swirling strings and low-slung groove. Arguably even better, though, is Get Down Edits' remix of JKriv and company's "Disco Rocket", which expertly laces the original's celebratory vocal around a breezy, sparse, bass-heavy disco groove.
Review: File Under Disco have amassed some serious respect in house and new disco corners. Check these glittering grooves from Maffia Club's Rocca and you'll understand just why: "Pizza On Wednesday" struts and sways with beautifully rounded Prelude-style bass run, soft sexy vocals and charming flute parps. Elsewhere we hit "A Magical Day", a seriously spaced out, stripped back nodder that's peppered with bubbly FX, staccato synths and a muscular bassline. "Love Power", meanwhile, is as authentically disco as it gets: big strings, cheeky synth squiggles on the fills and, above all, a big old stomping groove. Feel the love!
Review: There was an air of disco authenticity about Brooklyn boy JKriv's recent The High Fidelity Sound EP, so it's good to see this remix package retaining many of the original elements (guitars, strings, rubbery basslines etc,). Faze Action's mix of "Disco Rocket" is a fun-time, party-friendly treat, jam packed with bright and breezy synths, Italo-influenced analogue chug and piano house riffs. Their dub utilizes more of the synths and sequenced groovery, and is arguably even better. Dicky Trisco, meanwhile, turns "Ready To Work" into a sparkling dub disco jam complete with rubbery bass, cut-glass strings and delay-heavy guitars. The result is an EP that smartly joins the dots between original disco, electrofunk and contemporary nu-disco.
Review: In the past, Brooklyn's Jkriv and The Disco Machine have had many of their finest works appear in remixed form on File Under Disco. It was only a matter of time before we got an original release from them too, and here it is. The high end vintage New York disco of acts like Chic is very much the chief inspiration on all eight of the included tunes, the highlights of which include the shimmering guitar licks of anthem "Ready To Work", the mini-Moog-a-thon of "Whirled & Twirled" the nasty electro strut of "Way Down " and the string-laden camp fest of "Disco Rocket".
Review: To date, it's been with their carefully chosen remixes that File Under Disco has most impressed. Here, JKriv and the Disco Machine's recent "Make It Acid" gets a typically out-there dub disco makeover from the Idjut Boys. The veteran duo's remix pits dubbed-out disco drums and echo-laden vocals against a battery of acid field guns - all 303 tweakery, mind-melting riffery and undulating electronics. For those who navigate a course through the twin attractions of house and disco, it should be essential listening. The shorter "Bonus Mix", meanwhile, peppers a robust, cowbell-laden drum track with occasional blasts of eye-watering 303 madness.
Review: There's an authenticity to the multi-coloured disco revivalism of Drop Out Orchestra that's hard to dislike. While their music is more often than not firmly focused on contemporary dancefloors - see the nu-disco of "Made Fists" or the Italo-and-electrofunk influenced goodness of "Trees, Grass and Stones" - they're not afraid to proudly display their influences. This six-track EP for File Under Disco comes loaded with original instrumentation - rubbery electric bass, parping horns, soaring strings, loose drums - and unashamedly fun tracks that touch on disco-funk ("Red Beans"), Salsoul-ish disco-pomp ("The National Theatre", "Day Vague") and even jazz-funk (the Blue Feather-ish "The Blue Train"). As a result, it's a pleasing blast of retro-futurist disco fun.
Review: Brooklyn based disco-house fella, Jkriv, has doing quite nicely indeed with his own Deep & Disco label, but here we have his productions given a double re-working on File Under Disco. First up is nu-disco royalty, The Idjut Boys, who deliver a beguiling spacey jam that's literally drenched in reverb and delay (and even boasts a xylophone solo). Duff Disco, meanwhile go for a mid-tempo looped and trippy infectious chugger.
Review: Having already stormed up the sales charts on vinyl, Ron Basejam and Dicky Trisco's Drop Out Orchestra reworks finally make their way to digital download. Trisco's mix is particularly good fun, offering the perfect balance between percussion-laden disco revivalism (check the low-slung walking bass, jazz guitar and heavyweight timbales hits) and slick nu-disco (tasty synth melodies, some 21st century FX). Crazy P man Ron Basejam opts for a housier approach, weighing in with a mix that sits somewhere between electrofunk revivalism, jazz-funk and string-laden deep house. Expect to hear it plenty of times on disco dancefloors over the next six months.
Review: Already boasting support from the likes of Jacques Renault and Jazzanova, File Under Disco are onto another winner with their latest release. Future Feelings are analogue disco enthusiasts with a mission to deliver music 'developed both for dancefloor glory and for sensitive listening'. With its loose, slap-heavy funk bass and shimmering piano, "Neat Disco" straddles the divide between a messy night out and a messy night in with gusto. Disco-nouveau hero, Pete Herbert, hooks up with Dicky Trisco for a teased-out spacey Balearic remix, but we're loving the mournful, Guru-Josh-on-downers trip of "Wonky Disco" the most.
Review: Here, Sydney-based Rocco Raimundo takes a giant leap forward with his first original production. It's a bit of a belter, too, developing the trademark sound he initially developed on a string of much-played edits for Disco Deviance, House of Disco and Bedmo Disco Records. "This Is The Love" is typically Australian, mixing sunny horns and pianos with a baggy disco groove and choice vocal samples. It's pretty tasty, all told. Remixes come from Dicky Trisco and Deep&Disco. The former concentrates on the horns, coming up with something that sits midway between disco and classic house. Deep&Disco, meanwhile, deliver a breezy, Latin-tinged revision full of muted trumpets and swinging beats.