Review: Hot on the heels of his fittingly titled "So Good" EP on G.A.M.M earlier this year Al Kent returns with a very neat double-A that ticks all the right disco boxes. "Vince" pays respect to Montana with a total dance fantasy, polished and weighted perfectly for today's floors. "Esther" pays equally emphatic dues to the good lady Phillips with a thumping, unabashed twist on "Boy, I Really I Tied One On". Homages don't come with much more respect and craft than these.
Review: Londoner Aroop Roy describes himself as an "artist and producer of many dimensions". In the past we've tended to call him a 'bearded soul boy". Anyway one thing that's true is that this guy sure knows how to blend Afro, soul, jazz and funk. This is his first release since album Nomadic Soul a few years ago and it sees the man tackle two of his favourite Brazilian tunes in his inimitable style. More please!
Review: The most Reverend P is continuing the good lord of re-edit's work, delivering rare funk and soul to new believers. This time round, "Brown Baby" by Diana Ross - culled from her famous Touch Me In the Morning album - gets gently tweaked into ten minutes of exotic funk bliss. On the digital flip however, things liven up with the shimmering diva funk of "Emotions". Praise be!
Review: A relative newcomer to the re-edit scene, this Reverend P is nonetheless bound to quickly attract a full flock of worshippers judging by his talent for subtle re-touches of some criminally overlooked vintage funk beauties. Here we get two instalments of "After The Dance" - one with lush brass and strings, and a rolling discofied version. Also included is the uplifting vocal bouncer "Go Away Dream". Slick stuff.
Hagalo (Doctor Stereo De Nueva York A Buenos Aires mix) - (5:00) 105 BPM
Jet 2 Panama - (3:48) 99 BPM
Review: The GAMM collective have been enjoying a seasonal slumber during the Winter months but with Summer scheduled to arrive the label are cranking back into business with the first of several releases. Reaching out to South America, GAMM invites Buenos Aires based producer Doctor Stereo into the fold for a double drop of Latin hotness. On the A Side, Mandrill's horn heavy 1972 classic "Hagalo" is given a self styled 'Nueva York A Buenos Aires mix' by the good Doctor who retains it's breezy feeling whilst beefing up the drums with mucho caliente results - watch out for the drop! On the flip, Dr Stereo turns up the heat with the Latin B-Boy bomb "Jet 2 Panama" which has the old school feel of Quantic's early Breaking Bread output.
Barbara Blow - "Throughout Your Precious Love" - (6:59) 119 BPM
Review: If any label is widely known for the quality of its output, then it's Gamm, and here it presents three new classy edits for our pleasure. First up we get the hazy, Afro-jazz otherworldliness of Flo Sanders' "African Superstar", D'Ray's low-slung retro casino funker "Here We Pie Again" and the sweeping disco camp of Barbara Blow's "Throughout Your Precious Love".
Review: DJ/producer duo Troo Luv and Charlie Loud aka Heartbreak Sound have a great knack of re energising hip-hop acapellas and dropping some of the finest mash-up material out there at the moment. This latest release on GAMM is an essential purchase which comes in four pieces - with D'Angelo's "Brown Sugar" given a slow, nu-Philly groove, Jeru Tha Damaja's late-period hit "El Presidente" treated to a thematically-correct Cuban remake, Mos Def's "Ms Fat Booty" redone with a new, DJ Spinna-esque set of beats, and Common's classic "The Light" given a gritty make-over.
Review: Two new slices of disco edit heaven from Swedish remix king Beatconductor, courtesy of the GAMM label. Herbie Hancock's fusion disco epic "Saturday Night" gets rejigged with a DJ-friendly, Salsoul-style drum intro before launching into its samba-soul main section, while Afro-Cuban jazz king Mongo Santamaria has his piano-led gem "Espiritu Libre" again remixed with a percussive intro built in to allow for perfect mixing.
Review: Belgian future funk and soul producer Krewcial joins forces with the ever ready sounds of Swedish label Gamm for a four track disco bonanza. This release is as classic as it can get as we start with 'Lose My Mind' which has been designed to kick off the party with it's funky riffs and grooves. The elegant jazzy solos of 'Cindy' are up next, followed by the expansive sound design of 'Dancing', another fantastic piece of work equipped with soulful vocals and crunchy drum patterns. We round the EP off with the slow dance that comes with 'When He Comes'. The classy string harmonies and crunchy bass riffs on this one proceed to bring the project to a satisfying close.
Kleer - "I Love To Dance" (Smbd '79 edit) - (4:28) 121 BPM
Review: Simbad Stanislas has appeared on GAMM under numerous aliases over the years, including Marathon Men and SMBD. It's the latter he turns to for this follow-up to May's much-loved Summer EP. Like its' predecessor, Autumn boasts a trio of tracks that blur the boundaries between re-edits, mash-ups and original productions. The Gilles Peterson favourite kicks things off with "Supreme Flava", a chunky and bass-heavy bounce through jazzy deep house pastures that boasts sneaky samples from Craig Mack's "Flava in Your Ear", before charging into dusty peak-time disco territory via a fine rearrangement of JKD's "Dream Machine". Finally, he rounds things off with arguably the EP's standout moment - a wonderfully evocative and musically rich re-edit of Kleer disco classic "I Love To Dance".
Review: The latest missive from Sweden's GAMM label is an all-Sheffield affair, with Shadeleaf boss Thatmanmonkz teaming up with fellow Steel City resident Simba for a four-track serving of slick and soulful fare. There's naturally much to enjoy, from the deep and groovy, Q-Tip sporting hip-house of "Gettin' Hold", to the Latin-tinged deep house beats and cut-up phone tones of sumptuous lead cut "Don't Use My Cell". Elsewhere, they brilliantly join the dots between warm, disco-sampling deep house, hip-hop and intergalactic electronics on the sublime "Rozecranz" and make merry with what sounds like sneaky samples from a long forgotten early Switch cut on the thrusting soulful deep house bounce of "Fantastisch".
Review: Moplen aka Luca Locatelli is Italy's answer to the likes of Tensnake and co. He's only released a handful of EPS and remixes, but the guy is on a definite roll. This time around he lands on the ever-impressive GAMM - an imprint which has released nothing but jewels over the years - with two remixes of his own cuts. "Jingo" is transformed into a bongo-heavy, percussion workout with samba-style keys and just the right amount of funk. "Clouds" receives a classic mix, making it into a puristic disco bomb for the peak-time hours.
Review: Pumping disco funk from decorated digger Nick The Record. "Lifeforce Theme" pays homage to the Japanese party collective he's been with since the early 90s (and played at Japan's first ever outdoor rave with, no less) Loose and rugged but primed with a lavish sense of piano luxury, there's a deep drive and firm uplift that instantly grabs attention. "Recordnition" is a much more heads-down in its nature and focus as we're pulled in by the hypnotic percussion, worming wah wahs and sharp blasts of flutes. As always with Nick, the floor is the foremost focus.
Review: GAMM has been responsible for some killer re-edits over the years, though we're struggling to think of any that are quite as good as Prescription Pricing Authority's killer tweak of Carlos Ramanos's "1-2-1". Noticeably heavier and crisper than the original, the rearrangement utilizes a touch of delay at crucial moments and wisely makes more of the fantastic bassline and percussion breaks. Speaking of ace basslines, you'll find a heavy dose of slap bass on the flip, where PPA turns his or her hand to Kathryn Moses's flute-sporting jazz-funk wig-out, "Lucky Duck". It is, of course, killer, though lacks the sheer celebratory rush of the on-point first track.
Review: Two new excursions in funk from the excellent Gamm label, who drop Reviva Alias Estephe & Vulzor's epic reworking of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" on this split single this week. Cleverly using outtakes, instrumental versions and accapellas of the original, the team craft a fresh remake - and an absolutely huge break down and build half way in too. "Dreaming On The Riviera" is another fine edit job, making for a breezy disco-funk jam that DJs will be pining for after just a few bars.
Review: Following his "Unbreakable" EP on Local Talk, Milan's coolest-named DJ Turbojazz returns to his spiritual home at G.A.M.M with two more fiery Latin house jams. "Bara Bara" is a carnival-primed, horn-led jacker pimped by a Chi-town drum energy. Meanwhile, "The Road Is Hard" flexes back on a classic Brazilian harmony while filtering the dynamic down to its bare bones before building it back up again. Warm as toast.
Review: Italian producer Turbojazz has already found homeground success as part of the Futureground collective and now he's being introduced to a wider audience thanks to established nu-funk label GAMM. Here we get two tracks of low-slung grooves, organic, authentic and totally vintage sounding - "Que Pasa" is built around an incessant guitar lick, hazy beats and soaring Euro vocals. "Nebulosa" on the other hand is a jazzier affair, less retro and more based around loungey Latin loops. We think we'll be hearing more from this guy.
Lisa Stansfield - "People Hold On" - (8:23) 123 BPM
Review: This isn't one for po-faced miserablists. For starters, it features a suitably anthemic deep house remix of U2's jangly stadium rock anthem "With Or Without You". Koko's version is actually very tastefully done, and gets extra marks as it would no doubt irritate the hell out of Bono. The other rework is no less incendiary, turning Lisa Stansfield's rave-era pop-house classic "People Hold On" into a touchy-feely late night house bumper. Once again it's tastefully done, lacing the Rochdale chanteuse's landmark vocal (complete with its late 80s socio-political message) over a faithfully warehouse-friendly groove. Obvious? Maybe, but you know both will do the business on the dancefloor.
Moses Dillard - "Got To Find A Way" - (4:15) 96 BPM
Ripple vs Pete Rock - "Sure Is Funky" - (3:03) 96 BPM
Axwell vs Kenix - "Never Found No One Like U" - (5:01) 124 BPM
Busta Rhymes - "Ass On Fire" - (3:51) 103 BPM
Review: Four party-shaped edits from the always-reliable Gamm label, this time by DJ Will Rock who tweaks the smoky soul of Moses Dillard's "Got To Find A Way" into a canny nu-funk block-rocker and blends Ripple's classic b-boy anthem "A Funky Song" with a late-period Pete Rock beat on "Sure Is Funky". Best of the bunch is the weaving of Busta Rhymes' vocals over the JBs water-tight funk on "Ass On Fire".
Review: Serious edit heat from the young Parisian who's always on the Pulse: Three well known funk soul classics, Rhyze's "Relax & Enjoy" gets an upbeat, roof-raising treatment with full emphasis on the instantly distinctive groove. Spinners' "It's A Shame" enjoys a sun-splashed Brazilian treatment while GQ's "Shake" gets a turbo-charged shake-up that makes it more floor friendly than a thick shag carpet. And that's friendly. Get to know.