Review: Fabio Barker's back on the boisterous Ganbatte imprint after that sweet, sweet LP he put out not too long ago; much to our appreciation, they've decided to launch a remix attack of the wonderful "Dance Dance Dance" number. The radio edit kicks off with a smooth cut of that lovely boogie swing at the core of the original - a true vintage disco revival piece - but there's much more old-school resurrection here, starting off with Evil Smaty's lovely piano house take, followed by Sare Havlicek's gnarly electro bass uplift which gives the tune even more fervour on the dancefloor. Slync's version is our favourite of the four remixes, a magnificent blend of melodic house and synth-heavy boogie, but Phil Disco's much dubbier take is certainly not to be underestimated either. A full-blown dance frenzy!
Review: Fresh from causing a commotion on nu-disco dancefloors with his suitably heavy "Grip My Hips" single, Fabiolous Barker offers up a belated sequel to his 2017 EP "Burning Bridges". This time round, he's in full-on funky re-edit mode, serving up reworks of a trio of little-known cuts. Opener "Get Down" is a rubbery, bass guitar dominated slab of synth-laden disco-boogie business rich in quirky female vocals and spacey chords, while "Camenergy" is a sax-laden stroll through chunky disco-funk territory in the company of a restless drummer and wired lead guitarist. Arguably best of all though is "Jam It", a multi-coloured P-funk romp tailor made for writhing dancefloors and suitably celebratory house parties.
Review: Less than a week after he dropped the second volume in his continuing "Burning Bridges" series, Fabiolous Barker delivers a two-track missive that's every bit as alluring and equally as essential. Lead cut "Love Talkin' (Honey It's You)" is as loved-up and wide-eyed as the title suggests, with sweet non English-language vocals rising above a sumptuous mid-tempo disco groove rich in heady piano riffs, rubbery slap-bass, glistening synthesizer refrains and ear-catching guitar riffs. The London-based Argentine flips the script a little on "Bomber", taking his scalpel to what appears to be a Japanese disco-funk workout heavy on crunchy guitar licks, disco bass and tidy drums.
Review: Curiously, we'll have to wait a while to hear the original version of Fabiolous Barker's latest release, "Grip My Hips", as it's not scheduled to appear in stores until late September 2019. Instead, the London-based Argentine producer has decided to serve up a remix package first. He kicks things off with a throbbing "Dub" mix that sees flash-fried, rush-inducing vocal samples and Nile Rodgers style disco guitar riffs rise above a masculine groove reminiscent of Lipps Inc classic "Funky Town". Fray Bentos takes over and offers up a fine disco-acid take full of psychedelic TB-303 lines, before RobJamWeb delivers a deeper, Italo-disco style take that's deliciously warm and woozy. Arguably best of all though is the mind-altering disco-tech stomp of Disco Funk Spinner's all-action "Club Mix".
Review: Ganbatte's latest affair may be all-star affair, but Fabiolous Barker rightly takes top billing thanks to delivering two takes on his latest track, "The Expert". He opens the EP with a hybrid electro/disco flavoured "Old Skool Re-Master" full of whispered vocals, crunchy guitars, throbbing synth-bass and tight horn blasts, before returning at the end with a "Funka-Masta-House" version that underpins the music with a head-nodding house style beat. In between you'll find the bouncy, Hi-NRG era Latin disco-house insanity of Dim Zach's "La Habernaro", the dreamy harmony vocals and ear-pleasing nu-disco grooves of Carlos Gatto's "Call It Love" and the alien funk masterclass that is Don Dayglow's "Gotta Say Yes", a suitably throbbing revision of an old Yello favourite.
Review: Ganbatte Records are a nu-disco / funk / re-edits label. Next up for the London based imprint is Argentinian act Ultratango, with a tremendous full length which explores the many shades of jazz music - both modern and classic using variety of musical approaches whether it be with skillful live execution or electronically alla Italo disco style. Beginning with the jazzy broken beat balearica of "Ojos Claros" (extended remix), the sexy samba derived aesthetic of "Tertulia" (extended remix) to the liquid drum & bass of "Hiphope" and the even the new jack swing influenced "Piccadilly". This fine chill-out opus will surely appeal to fans of top labels at the moment like Music For Dreams or Balearic.