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Furious Mandrill

Furious Mandrill

Mexican label, based in Cancun and operating since 2019. The label is perhaps best known for its 'Mandrill Cuts' series of re-edit EPs, which at time of writing has reached 16 volumes, but has also put out plenty of original releases in the disco/disco-house arena (though the term they actually use themselves is “tropical disco and Afrodisiac funk”), coming from artists such as C Da Afro, Funk District and Velvet Stripes. Another label regular is Argentina's Alexny (real name Ivan Alexis Podwiazny), whose recent 'Istanbul To New Delhi' EP broke new stylistic ground for the label as he delved into the sounds of the Middle East and Asia.
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Exotic Corners EP
Moja Moja Bharia - (5:43) 128 BPM
Masem Nie - (7:08) 120 BPM Hot
Disco Tango Dance - (6:10) 129 BPM
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FEP 028
17 Jul 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
World Series, Vol 3
Que Pasa - (5:07) 119 BPM
Conmbe - (5:08) 125 BPM Hot
Donme - (4:56) 117 BPM
Review: Argentinian producer and re-editor Alexny returns to Furious Mandrill with the third installment in a series that draws heavily on world music influences, though whether the three tracks here are re-edits or original productions is a little unclear. Either way, 'Que Pasa' is, unsurprisingly, a Latin-flavoured affair with dense layers of percussion and a one-line vocal, 'Conmbe' is a somewhat funkier affair with a full male vocal in an unknown language and some energetic guitar work that hints at highlife, while finally 'Donme' is a deep, shufflin' groove with choral vox (again in an unidentified tongue) and probably the best bet for non-specialist floors.
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FEP 027
17 Apr 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
World Series Vol 2
Agua De Beber - (6:06) 105 BPM Hot
Que Me Quieras - (5:02) 121 BPM
Oye - (5:15) 122 BPM
Review: Argentina's Alexny drops a second set of re-edits of world music cuts. First to get the treatment is the late, great Astrud Gilberto's 'Agua De Beber' which - some four months on from the great lady's passing, and 58 years on from its original 1965 release - gets respectfully chopped and looped atop a ponderous 4/4 backbeat on a track that'll help introduce that amazing voice to new generations. The source material for the other two has us beat but 'Que Me Quieras' is a lively, uptempo Latin funk/disco shaker while the Afro-Cuban tinged 'Oye' comes the closest to straight-up disco of the three.
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FEP 026
18 Oct 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Brazilian Trip EP
Kabaluere - (5:35) 105 BPM
Dance Dance Carioca - (5:58) 110 BPM Hot
Punch In Capadocia - (6:06) 103 BPM
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FEP 025
19 Jul 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Mandrill Cuts 028
Pierre Pierangello - (3:49) 118 BPM Hot
Chorot - (3:34) 120 BPM
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FMR 028
14 Jun 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Mandrill Cuts 027
Don't Let Go - (8:38) 115 BPM Hot
Brand New Sound - (7:43) 114 BPM
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FMR 027
17 May 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
World Series Vol 1
Jah Jah - (5:26) 118 BPM Hot
Start The Music - (5:34) 121 BPM
JO Jojo - (5:16) 122 BPM
Dostum - (5:56) 124 BPM
Review: Argentina-based producer Alexny has long been one of Furious Mandrill's most reliable and prolific producers. Over the years he's delivered both white-hot re-edits and similarly high-grade original productions. This EP, the first in the label's 'World Series', sits somewhere in between, with the publicity-shy producer combining elements of (mostly obscure) old tunes with his own instrumentation and grooves. He begins strongly with the dusty rocksteady-goes-deep house chug of 'Jah-Jah', before breathing new life into what sounds like a tropical disco-funk workout on 'Start The Music'. 'JO Jojo' is a shuffling, percussion-rich bounce based on (we think) a breezy Afro-funk number, while 'Dostum' is a heavyweight, thickset romp that features electrified Middle Eastern instrumentation and Arabic vocals.
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FEP 024
15 Mar 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Mandrill Cuts 026
No Soy De La Capital - (5:28) 110 BPM Hot
Vaiven - (5:16) 112 BPM
Played by: Kongisto
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FMR 026
15 Feb 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Mandrill Cuts 025
Ay Ramon - (6:03) 120 BPM
Afro Babies - (5:26) 115 BPM Hot
Review: Leandro Sokur is perhaps best known for his work with fellow Argentinian producer Nelson Cuberli as NFC & Key Sokur. Here, though, he's flying solo as he serves up a brace of (what are presumably) Afro-flavoured re-edits for Mexican label Furious Mandrill. This writer is no expert on African music and has never claimed to be, so the source material if any for this particular installment will have to go unidentified, but 'Ay Ramon' is a fairly lively, rolling affair with an upbeat, high life kinda feel, while 'Afro Babies' drops the tempo just a notch and has a slightly groovier swing, so is probably the pick for non-specialist floors.
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FMR 025
14 Dec 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Mandrill Cuts 024
Rhodesia - (6:28) 120 BPM Hot
Coffee Togo - (5:28) 120 BPM
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FMR 024
16 Nov 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Mandrill Cuts 023
Afrodisian - (5:23) 120 BPM Hot
Zaboo Mafoo - (5:16) 122 BPM
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FMR 023
12 Oct 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Mandrill Cuts 022
Sanga Sanga - (5:36) 116 BPM Hot
Si Como No - (3:46) 123 BPM
Review: Furious Mandrill's re-edit series reaches its 22nd installment with this two-tracker from Mexican duo The Velvet Stripes, AKA Leo Cid and Abraham Barrett. 'Sanga Sanga' and 'Si Como Na' both draw on Latin music sources, which is definitely not this writer's area of expertise, so the originals will have to go sadly unidentified this time out. But the former is a dense, midpaced, warm-up friendly kinda cut with a rousing male vocal supported by call-and-response BVs, while 'Si Coma Na' is a livelier but still quite gentle lil' hip-swayer that rocks a sing-song vocal and mariachi trumpets.
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FMR 022
17 Aug 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Paradiso EP
A Night In Cancun - (5:28) 119 BPM
Radio Habana - (6:17) 122 BPM
Kingston On Acid - (7:03) 119 BPM Hot
Review: Furious Mandrill bring us an EP from Mexican producer Superflat that packs three quite different-sounding tracks. The EP opens with 'A Night In Cancun', which can just about be filed under tropical/Latin disco - but only just, because in truth it has as much to do with traditional Mexican sounds (mariachi, corrido, nortena etc) as it does with 4/4 kicks and mirrorballs. The Cuban-infused 'Radio Habana' moves closer to "proper" disco territory, but the standout for yours truly here is 'Kingston On Acid', an almost Eastern-tinged deep house groove with a preacher-style vocal and mucho 303 squelch n' squeal.
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FEP 023
29 Jun 22
Funky/Club House
So High EP
It Takes Me So High - (6:25) 120 BPM Hot
Give It Up - (7:23) 122 BPM
Love In The Desert - (5:52) 120 BPM
Review: "Ain't nothing wrong with disco, it goes along with funk!" So sang Cameo on 1979's 'Energy', which gets reworked by the mysterious The Message here as 'It Takes Me So High' - fine sentiments, we're sure you'll agree, and a fine way to kick off this latest three-track re-edit slab from Furious Mandrill. Elsewhere on the EP, 'Give It Up' draws on an unidentified boogie-era cut with a male vocal and pianos that recall Patrice Rushen's 'Haven't You Heard', while the bold n' brassy 'Love In The Desert' reworks Rie Murakami's obscure Japanese disco gem 'Sahara' from 1984. Good stuff.
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FEP 022
25 May 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Jabba's Palace EP
Cahuita - (6:08) 120 BPM
Mulher - (5:31) 116 BPM Hot
Jabba's Palace - (5:47) 122 BPM
Sazima - (5:15) 116 BPM
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FEP 021
13 Apr 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Mandrill Cuts 020
Vampires In La Habana - (6:56) 125 BPM
Snake Charmer - (5:15) 124 BPM Hot
Review: Furious Mandrill have long done a neat line in disco and funk with an exotic, world music-y twist and that's exactly what you get here. 'Vampires In La Habana' is, as you might expect, a very Latin-leaning affair, with densely layered percussion and parping trumpets that I'd call mariachi-esque did the title not specifically reference Cuba rather than Mexico! It'll be a little "busy" for some, production-wise, but floors that rock to Latin rhythms should find it very amenable. The accompanying 'Snake Charmer', meanwhile, puts a flute firmly front and centre, but wisely eschews the kind of cheesy cod Indian-isms you might be fearing...
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FMR 020
23 Feb 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Choose Your Life EP
Suriname Life - (6:28) 120 BPM Hot
Benin Life - (5:26) 108 BPM
Zaire Life - (5:05) 118 BPM
Manila Life - (6:25) 112 BPM
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FEP 020
29 Dec 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Mandrill Cuts 019
Soca Maria - (6:34) 120 BPM Hot
Chica Martinica - (5:05) 118 BPM
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FMR 019
30 Nov 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Champeta Sound EP
Glass Of Beer At Bogota - (6:12) 120 BPM Hot
Champeta Sound - (6:03) 118 BPM
Kizi - (5:47) 123 BPM
Commander - (5:48) 116 BPM
Review: Argentina's Ivan Alexis Podwiazny, better known as Alexny, returns to Furious Mandrill with a four-track EP here. 'Glass Of Beer At Bogota' is a light n' breezy affair with fluttering guitars and a female "aa-aaah" vocal taking centre stage, while the title track opens with a simple looping percussion groove, then builds inexorably into a dense slab of Latin-flavoured funk as it progresses. The insistent disco-funker that is 'Kizi' - the pick for yours truly - then ups the tempo somewhat and sports snatches of spoken, Spanish-language male vocal alongside its exuberant brass fanfares, while completing the set is the more laidback, tropical-flavoured 'Commander'.
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FEP 019
27 Oct 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Black Mamba EP
Black Mamba - (5:13) 118 BPM
Awake - (6:52) 113 BPM
Manduke - (5:24) 120 BPM Hot
Review: Mexico's Furious Mandrill bring us a three-tracker from Kristoff MX, AKA Christopher E de los Monteros from Quer?taro, who judging by the sound of this EP has clearly been digging on a lot of old African disco and funk records from the 1970s. 'Black Mamba' centres around a chanted vocal that sits atop a bed of fluttering guitars, while the more gently-paced 'Awake' is all rolling drums, brass stabs and a sing-song vocal in an unidentified language. Closer 'Manduke' then takes us into slightly more straight-up funk pastures, making it potentially the best bet for non-specialist floors.
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FEP 018
29 Sep 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Mandrill Cuts 018
Positive Energy - (5:34) 120 BPM Hot
Carnaval - (6:00) 120 BPM
Review: Given that Furious Mandrill is based in Cancun, we were rather surprised to learn that the label has not previously released any edits or original productions by Mexico's most storied disco artist, Hotmood. This rock-solid two-tracker, the eighteenth volume in their Mandrill Cuts edit series, sets the record straight. First up is 'Positive Energy', a gently beefed-up slab of disco-funk heaviness rich in psychedelic organ sounds, bold bass, Afrobeat horns and clipped guitars. Arguably even better is 'Carnaval', a wilder and sweatier revision in which mazy Hammond lines, sharp funk guitar riffs and rising horn lines leap above a weighty, fill-heavy drum track. The edit is certainly accurately titled, as it feels like a bona-fide, carnival-ready party-starter.
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FMR 018
08 Sep 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Save The Greenbelt EP
Bonsai Care - (6:02) 118 BPM Hot
Pambolero - (5:28) 120 BPM
Disco Croco - (5:48) 124 BPM
Yerba Mate - (5:36) 114 BPM
Review: The Magic Track bring us four tropical disco productions that pack in a welter of influences from disco, jazz, world music and more. 'Bonsai Care' places sitars, African-style flutes and vocal chants and a jazz saxophone line over a dense, tribalistic backbeat; 'Pambolero' looks mostly to Latin jazz and flamenco for inspiration, but has hints too of hi-life and Afrobeat, sounds which also inform 'Disco Croco' and closer 'Yerba Mate', the latter throwing all sense of restraint to the winds as the Hungarian duo chuck in various animal/zoo sounds for good measure.
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FEP 017
28 Jul 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Mandrill Cuts 017
Do It Steady - (5:16) 120 BPM Hot
Loopo Brazilero - (5:56) 124 BPM
Review: Greece's C Da Afro comes to Mexican label Furious Mandrill with two appropriately tropical-sounding cuts. 'Do It Steady' opens with percussion and pipe sounds before busting out a heavy 70s funk bassline which is mirrored by the horns and strings, giving the track something of a Blaxploitation soundtrack vibe in the early stages before it morphs into full-on disco. The accompanying 'Loopo Braziliero', unsurprisingly, is more Latin in feel, with the horns well and truly to the fore. Not sure if these are original productions or re-edits, but both are well suited to sweaty summer nights regardless.
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FMR 017
14 Jul 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Mandrill Cuts 016
Mamba Flavor - (5:25) 120 BPM Hot
The Soul Rhythm - (5:05) 115 BPM
Review: Mexico's The Velvet Stripes return to their regular home of Furious Mandrill with two cuts that fit the label's self-stated "tropical disco and Afrodisiac funk" remit down to the ground. Up first is 'Mamba Flavour', a hypnotic, summer-y funk/disco roller with a vocal that sounds like it could be of either West African or Central American origin. That's followed by the trumpet-led, guitar-flecked and organ-sprinkled 'The Soul Rhythm', which is not dissimilar in overall approach but doesn't have quite the same infectious energy - think throwing shapes for 'Mamba Flavour' and lounging by the poolside for 'The Soul Rhythm'.
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FMR 016
26 May 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Istanbul To New Delhi EP
Nennide Belalym - (5:42) 124 BPM
Anadolu Pop - (5:08) 125 BPM
Ticket To New Delhi - (5:55) 121 BPM Hot
Jawani - (5:50) 121 BPM
Review: The clue's in the title here, as Argentinian producer Alexny (Ivan Alexis Podwiazny) returns to his semi-regular home of Furious Mandrill with a four-tracker that draws on Middle Eastern and Indian music for inspiration. While there are those who'll find the very idea problematic, there's much to enjoy here, with the first three cuts looking to traditional music while 'Jawani' seemingly draws on the sitar funk of the 60s and 70s. The timing's pretty neat, too: the sub-continent has really been starting to emerge on the international house and disco scene in recent years, so consider that zeitgeist nailed!
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FEP 016
28 Apr 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Madagasikara EP
Caribbean Booyah - (5:52) 120 BPM Hot
Madagasikara - (6:42) 120 BPM
Chula Vista - (5:57) 125 BPM
Review: "A blend of Latin roots and Afro-funk with house music" is how Mexican producer Superflat describes this EP, and who am I to argue? There's certainly a very Cuban kinda vibe to 'Caribbean Booyah', while Superflat looks closer to home for inspiration on the lounge-y, mariachi-infused 'Chula Vista'. But he's chosen his lead track well because while both are very playable it's 'Madagasikara' itself that's the must-have, dragging 'em onto the floor with its crisp beats, surging bassline and chopped n' looped vocal snips before the trumpets and sax arrive to push 'em over the edge. File under 'energy booster'.
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FEP 015
17 Mar 21
Funky/Club House
Equality EP
Equality - (6:33) 110 BPM Hot
Panama Life - (6:28) 120 BPM
My Gentle Love - (6:36) 118 BPM
Sweetest Goodbye - (5:49) 124 BPM
Review: After impressing late last year with The Four Seasons EP, Hungarian duo The Magic Track returns to Furious Mandrill with more high-grade re-edits for those who like chunky beats, heavy horns and hedonistic disco flavours. The pick of a very strong bunch is arguably celebratory disco romp 'Panama Life' - all impassioned male vocals, fiery horns, filter sweeps and rubbery bass - though tooled-up Afro-disco opener 'Equality Pushes it Close'. Elsewhere, 'My Gentle Love' is a Clavinet-sporting chunk of rolling disco-house excellence, and 'Sweetest Goodbye' is a bass-heavy version of a sensationally summery number that should get plenty of plays at outdoor events in the months and years ahead.
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FEP 014
17 Feb 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Mandrill Cuts 015
FAWL (From Africa With Love) - (6:35) 118 BPM
Nigerian Flava - (6:16) 115 BPM Hot
Review: Following pretty good - but arguably overlooked - outings on Mango Sounds and Fibanicci Recordings, Kristoff MX has become the latest member of the Furious Mandrill family. His contribution to their re-edit focused Mandrill Cuts series is on-point and quietly impressive, with both tracks being well worthy of your attention. He opens with 'FAWL (From Africa With Love)', a not so subtly tooled-up rearrangement of an old Afro-disco gem rich in elastic bass guitar, vibraphone style motifs, gnarled disco-funk guitars and punchy horn lines. 'Nigerian Flava' is a slightly looser and more relaxed revision of what sounds like a post Afrobeat boogie number of the sort that was very popular in Lagos around 1983.
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FMR 015
13 Jan 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Mandrill Cuts 014
Choca Las Caderas - (5:17) 123 BPM
Hankuri - (5:16) 116 BPM Hot
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FMR 014
16 Dec 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Four Seasons EP
Pantherson Crusoe - (5:53) 112 BPM
Juju Love Spell - (6:33) 118 BPM
Four Seasons - (5:49) 122 BPM Hot
Strawberry Pops - (6:49) 114 BPM
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FEP 013
02 Dec 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Mandrill Cuts 013
Mi Nena - (4:52) 120 BPM Hot
High Disco - (6:19) 122 BPM
Review: Mexican label Furious Mandrill describe their musical remit as "tropical disco and Afrodisiac funk". That gives you a good idea what to expect from this latest installment in the 'Mandrill Cuts' series, which features two tracks from Puebla-based producers Leo Cid and Abraham Barrett, better known as The Velvet Stripes. 'High Disco' reworks 'Disco Hi-Life', a 1979 cut from Nigerian disco/Afrobeat star Orlando Julius; that would suggest 'Mi Nena', with its blend of Latin, Afro and disco influences, is also a re-edit, though what it's a re-edit of, this writer sadly couldn't tell you! Expect both to be big with the likes of Messrs Peterson, Scruff and Brewster.
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FMR 013
14 Oct 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Cocktail EP
Pina Colada - (6:07) 110 BPM
Cocktail - (5:37) 121 BPM
Cuba Libre - (6:13) 120 BPM Hot
Amaretto - (5:20) 120 BPM
Review: Greek disco producer Giannis Mpizas, better known as JB Boogie, comes to Mexican label Furious Mandrill with four suitably Latin-tinged workouts. Opener 'Pina Colada' places barrio-style "jungle music" shouts atop a looped-up funk guitar riff reminiscent of (but not sampled from) The Jackson Sisters, while 'Cocktail' has a slightly more lounge-y feel, with brass to the fore. It's the horns, too, that make Spanish-vocalled EP standout 'Cuba Libre' - that riff will get under your skin like scabies! - before the EP's closed out by 'Amaretto', which like 'Cocktail' has something of an easy listening vibe. Schmaltzy, but tons of fun all the same.
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FEP 012
16 Sep 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Multiculture EP
I'm Sorry - (6:46) 120 BPM Hot
Unity - (5:42) 120 BPM
Turn Around - (6:28) 122 BPM
Free - (6:09) 120 BPM
Review: On this fab four-tracker, Cancun crew Furious Mandrill welcome Rene Raabe and Biroll to the label for the very first time. The little-known German duo hits the ground running with "I'm Sorry", a lolloping and heavy-set fusion of chunky house beats, disco sassiness and jazzy guitar snippets, before exploring a deeper, sweatier and arguably slightly dubbier strand of disco-house on the formidably bass-heavy "Unity". "Turn Around" is a cheerful, soulful and celebratory number that can't quite decide if it's a tooled-up re-edit or a remix (either way, it's excellent), while "Free" is a low-slung chunk of rubbery disco-boogie action built around spacey synths and the grooviest slap-bass we've heard in yonks.
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FEP 011
18 Aug 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Welcome To Cancun EP
Water Love (original mix) - (7:04) 120 BPM Hot
Welcome To Cancun (original mix) - (6:10) 120 BPM
Malaui (original mix) - (7:31) 118 BPM
Welcome To Cancun (Alexny remix) - (6:08) 120 BPM
Review: Following releases with About Disco, Deep Sense and Moiss Music, Argentinian duo Nelson Cuberli & Leandro Sokur, ala NFC & Key Sokur, arrive on Furious Mandrill! Delivering three disco, house and funk tipped originals primed for the dancefloor, cocktails and good times, it's tracks like "Malaui" that will inspire the best of Ibiza-washed nostalgia. "Water Love" looks to something more percussive and Afrobeat in style while "Welcome To Cancun" sets up the DJ for a most welcome funk-infused house number for the peak time! And for the more tempered DJ out there, check out the beefed up albeit refined Alexny remix of the title-track. Fiesta!
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FEP 010
13 Jul 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Diggin' Roots EP
I Believe - (6:00) 113 BPM
Diggin' Roots - (6:51) 117 BPM Hot
Tamanqueiro - (5:41) 113 BPM
Sekele Movement - (6:16) 125 BPM
Review: Mexican label Furious Mandrill - specialists in "tropical disco and Afrodisiac funk" - bring us a four-tracker from Argentinian producer Alexny. 'I Believe', which is either a cover of The Jackson Sisters' 'I Believe In Miracles' or a re-edit of someone else's (it's hard to tell) gets the ball rolling, followed by 'Diggin' Roots', a shufflin' funk-soul cut with a late 60s/early 70s feel (think War, Sly Stone, Rare Earth). 'Tamanqueira' is a summery slice of Latin-infused funk, while the high life-esque 'Sekele Movement' plays us out on an Afro tip. Four very solid cuts that'll work well on more discerning floors.
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FEP 009
15 Jun 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Mondodisco EP
Monkey Funkey - (7:39) 120 BPM
Los Caramelos - (5:58) 118 BPM
Mais - (6:52) 115 BPM
Akisakisana - (5:57) 120 BPM Hot
Review: Since he last featured on Furious Mandrill back in December 2019, Paul Older has taken his particular brand of humid dancefloor funk to the Discoweey and Tropical Disco labels. His return to Furious Mandrill tops the lot, with the now-established re-editor and remixer offering up chunky, floor-friendly revisions of hot-to-trot disco, funk and jazz-funk jams from both Africa and South America. Their most infectious and weighty of the four tracks is undoubtedly the inspired Afro-disco workout "Akisakisana", where positive chords and chanted vocals raise the temperature after an extra-percussive start, though the horn-heavy Brazilian disco-funk vibes of "Mais" are also deliciously addictive. Elsewhere, "Los Carmelos" is a cheery skip through sun-kissed samba-disco territory and "Monkey Funky" sees Older successfully beef up a wild, Hammond-heavy disco-funk jam.
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FEP 008
20 May 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Mandrill Cuts 012
Saxolicious - (7:03) 120 BPM
Congalicious - (5:55) 122 BPM Hot
Review: The two tracks here are called 'Saxalicious' and 'Congalicious', which gives you a little bit of a clue as to what they might sound like! 'Saxalicious' is up first and looks to vintage African funk for inspiration, though whether the distinctly 80s-esque sax line (which is applied surprisingly sparingly) comes from the same source or has been added by C Da Afro himself isn't clear. 'Congalicious' treads similar ground, but leans more to the funk rather than the Afro side of the equation, and as such could have slightly broader dancefloor appeal - if you'd told us it was a long-lost Brass Construction joint, we'd have believed you!
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FMR 012
15 Apr 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Sugar Disco Baby EP
Asian Girl - (4:46) 125 BPM
Cheeky Tere - (3:40) 122 BPM
Anybody Out There? - (6:03) 122 BPM Hot
Fruit Cocktail - (4:49) 122 BPM
Review: The Velvet Stripes are a contemporary duo who hail from Puebla in Mexico... which surprised us, because on first hearing this EP we were sure it just HAD to be a reissue of some obscure Japanese disco nugget from the late 70s. Which is, of course, another way of saying that if you're after some fresh but authentic-sounding disco grooves with the kinda off-kilter feel, Latin-y/lounge-y flourishes and hints of bubblegum that disco from non-Anglophone countries often tended to have, you'll struggle to find much better this month than the 'Sugar Disco Baby EP'.
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FEP 007
25 Mar 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Disconstructed EP
Stuck On The Line - (7:43) 120 BPM Hot
Melas - (5:58) 125 BPM
The Horn (feat Sokur) - (7:48) 124 BPM
Abstract Love - (7:13) 128 BPM
Review: A warm welcome back to the Funk District, a label-hopping re-editor and producer who's previous solo single dropped way back in 2018 on Masterworks Music. He begins his first Furious Mandrill outing with "Stuck On The Line", a loopy chunk of warm, sun-kissed disco house rich in jazzy piano solos, bluesy vocal samples and chunky, bass-heavy grooves. He breaks up the bits a bit more on "Melas" - think heavily chopped and looped Mexican disco-funk samples, rolling disco beats and heavy organ riffs - before joining forces with Sokur on the beefed-up tropical disco-funk of "The Horn". Finally, the Cancun-based artist reaches for the dub delays on a warm and woozy disco-house excursion rich in elongated pads, clipped guitars and bustling beats ("Abstract Love").
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FEP 006
20 Feb 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Last Trip To Curitiba EP
Que Beleza - (6:29) 104 BPM Hot
Do Sol - (6:29) 115 BPM
Deixa A Tristeza - (6:32) 110 BPM
First Pay - (6:27) 109 BPM
Review: This year Alexny has been busy... and we mean really busy. We make this outing on Furious Mandrill - his first disco-focused EP for a fair few months after a run of deep house cuts - the producer's seventeenth solo set of 2019 - an astonishing figure when you think about it. We'd argue that the headline attraction is opener "Que Beleza", a percussion-rich, beefed-up take on a horn-toting Latin disco workout, though some may be more attracted to the breezy, piano-sporting positivity of samba disco edit "Do Sol". Elsewhere, "Deixa A Tristeza" sees him craft a filter-heavy house chugger from bits of a joyous old samba jam, while "First Pay" is a sludgy loop-house head-nodder rich in jazzy guitar licks and twinkling melodies.
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FEP 005
18 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
Togodisco EP
A Boo Kee Moon - (7:00) 118 BPM
Cosmicafricano - (6:15) 115 BPM Hot
Kuma Kuma - (9:22) 120 BPM
Monkey Boogie - (7:01) 118 BPM
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FEP 004
04 Dec 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
Impassioned Grooves EP
Coconuts - (5:58) 121 BPM Hot
Highlight Groove - (5:55) 120 BPM
Tropical Boogie - (7:02) 120 BPM
Zooming - (6:10) 116 BPM
Review: These days, C Da Afro seems to be pushing the likes of Rayko, Sunner Soul and Mitiko hard for the coveted title of "most prolific remixer and re-editor". The Greek producer is once again in fine form on this Furious Mandrill outing, offering up a quartet of cuts that are funkier than a gurning gibbon after a night out with the Goodies. Our pick of a very strong bunch is sturdy, filter-sporting disco-highlife revision "Highlight Groove", though sweet, string-laden opener "Coconuts" and the colourful, synth-laden tropical disco number "Tropical Boogie" push it close. Kwaito/Afro-boogie number "Zooming", which closes the EP in fine style, is also worth a listen.
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FEP 003
23 Oct 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
The Funk Call EP
Rumba, Samba, Rambo - (4:55) 120 BPM Hot
Dancin' Shoes - (5:44) 120 BPM
Tony Grey - (5:28) 122 BPM
Instant Funk - (5:58) 120 BPM
Review: Describing themselves as "disco humans", Mexican outfit The Velvet Stripes are a re-edit and original production crew with a firm focus on the dancefloor. "The Funk Call" not only marks their debut for Furious Mandrill but also the collective's most high profile release to date. There's much to set the pulse racing throughout, from the Latin house/nu-disco fusion cheeriness of opener "Rumba, Samba, Rambo" - all sleazy chanted vocal refrains, sub-bright piano stabs and heavy percussion - to the filter-sporting, bass-heavy disco revisionism of closing cut "Instant Funk". Elsewhere, "Tony Grey" is heavy, effects-laden rearrangement of an old Afro-disco/Afro-funk gem by, you guessed it, Tony Grey, while "Dancing Shoes" is a particularly sleazy and weighty take on a throbbing, Italo-disco era dancefloor favourite.
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FEP 002
02 Oct 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
Afrodiskosis Pt 1
Freaky Stuff - (8:00) 115 BPM
Do It Right - (6:04) 115 BPM Hot
Soul Vibration - (7:26) 121 BPM
Tin Lin Non - (6:41) 111 BPM
Review: Fresh from an impressive contribution to a recent multi-artist EP on Editorial, Cancun's Fernando Mendoza once again dons the Funk District alias and serves up some more funky dancefloor heat. First up is the bounding Afro-disco/Afro-funk fusion of "Freaky Stuff", a rubbery but decidedly heavy version of a familiar favourite, quickly followed by the filter-sporting Afro disco-funk bounce of "Do It Right". Arguably even better is "Soul Vibration", a booming, full throttle, house-friendly tweak of a slamming disco-funk belter. Bets of all, though, is closing cut "Tin Lin Non", where subtle house beats underpin a rearranged version of a steamy Afro-funk/Afro-disco cut rich in glistening guitars and undulating bass.
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FEP 001
16 May 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
Mandrill Cuts 010
You Can't Stop - (5:35) 123 BPM
The Jam - (6:44) 120 BPM Hot
Review: Greek party-starter C Da Afro seems to save some of his best material for Furious Mandrill, a re-edit imprint that's become one of the most reliable in the business since it launched at the tail end of 2016. For proof, check "You Can't Stop", a bounding, beefed-up take on a horn-heavy disco-funk track rich in parping trumpet blasts, elastic bass guitar, jammed-out electric piano motifs, filtered guitar riffs and heady female chorus vocals. Arguably even better is "The Jam", whose intoxicating mixture of jazzy guitar solos, far-sighted synth riffs, dense disco drums and bubbly nu-disco style electronics should put smiles on the faces of all but the most miserable of dancers.
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FMR 010
03 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
Mandrill Cuts 009
Make The World Go Round - (5:21) 118 BPM Hot
Onyeara - (5:15) 117 BPM
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FMR 009
12 Dec 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
Mandrill Cuts 008
Sultanic - (7:10) 120 BPM Hot
Wild Life - (6:02) 114 BPM
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FMR 008
31 Oct 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
Mandrill Cuts 007
Wilde - (5:18) 116 BPM Hot
Body Work - (6:08) 113 BPM
Review: Having recently impressed via a tidy two-tracker on the effervescent Dikso label, fast-rising producer and re-editor Levantine makes his bow on Furious Mandrill with two more party-starting treats. First up in "Wilde", a heavy but suitably swinging revision of a blue-eyed disco-funk jam bristling with jaunty horn lines, elastic bass guitar, glassy-eyed vocals and chunky, house style beats. "Body Work", meanwhile, is similarly bouncy but slightly more driving in feel, with soaring disco orchestration and high-register vocal snippets being smothered in filters while weighty beats bob along beneath. It's disco-house, Jim, but not as we know it.
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FMR 007
12 Sep 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
Mandrill Cuts 006
Only - (6:36) 120 BPM Hot
Serious Jam - (6:10) 118 BPM
Review: Edit imprint Furious Mandrill has barely put a foot wrong since debuting back in November 2016. The label's latest hot-to-trot missive comes from C Da Afro, a talented Greek producer and re-editor who has spent the last five years releasing party-starting grooves on some of the rework scene's most lauded labels. He kicks things off with "Only", a rework of a killer Nigerian boogie favourite smothered in glistening new pianos, meandering synth solos and cowbell driven disco drums. It's a tasty and tactfully execution revision, all told. "Serious Jam" inhibits similar sonic territory, serving up a sparkling tweak of another boogie-era Nigerian instrumental rich in jaunty piano stabs, elastic bass and glassy-eyed dancefloor positivity.
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FMR 006
31 Jul 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
Mandrill Cuts 005
Afro King (Lego edit Afrocut) - (6:02) 116 BPM Hot
Happy Sample (Lego Dub) - (6:46) 124 BPM
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FMR 005
30 May 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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