A true, unadulterated nightlife phenomenon, Glitterbox Recordings is the world’s leading disco, funk and soul brand, powered endlessly by their famous parties which are hosted all over the planet, always selling out in record time. Brought to the forefront of the industry in 2015 by Defected Records boss Simon Dunmore, Glitterbox blends their reputation as the go-to authority for loveable, danceable sound with the implementation of incredible dancers, show production, drag queens and props, creating an aura, environment and aesthetic that fosters inclusion, diversity, culture and infectious energy above all else. This results in a beautiful equilibrium of the vintage aforementioned genres, and the same can be said for their label arm, which continues its unfathomable ascension into the toe-tapping heavens. The Shapeshifters; Purple Disco Machine; Folamour; Dimitri From Paris; Horse Meat Disco; Dr Packer; Mousse T; Mike Dunn; Alan Dixon - all have lent their deft touch to Glitterbox’s rhythmic, flowing image, helping cement the brand as the global cultural force it is today.
Review: The latest single from Horse Meat Disco's excellent debut album, Love and Dancing, is as cheery and life-affirming as its predecessors. In its original form, 'Love If You Need It' is a revivalist disco gem rich in organic instrumentation, strong vocals (this time courtesy of Fi McCluskey) and pleasingly starry synths. AS you'd expect, it comes accompanied by some notable remixes. Mousse T provides edited and extended versions of two revisions: the breezy nu-disco-meets-disco house sparkle of the 'Classic Shizzle' mix and the more driving, thrusting and breathless 'Dub You Need' re-wire. Also worth checking is Dr Packer's rather tidy rework, which adds squelchy, P-Funk style bass and smoother disco drums while smartly emphasizing McCluskey's vocals and HMD's Chic-style guitars.
Seamus Haji - "I Got You" (feat Bryan Chambers - Dr Packer extended remix) - (6:59) 120 BPM
Slam Dunk'd - "No Price" (feat Chromeo & Al-P - Dr Packer extended remix) - (8:06) 123 BPM
The Shapeshifters - "Try My Love (On For Size)" (feat Teni Tinks - Dr Packer extended remix) - (8:14) 120 BPM
Review: Aussie disco don Dr Packer has been Glitterbox Recordings' go-to remixer for some time now. Three years ago, the label opened up its archives and allowed him free reign to rework whatever he wanted, releasing the results as Dr Packer's Different Strokes. This belated sequel follows a similar blueprint, collecting together a wealth of remixes as well as a couple of non-stop DJ mixes of the same material. Much of the music is authentically disco-centric - think organic instrumentation, swirling strings and rushing vocals - with just enough grunt to please those dancefloors the require 21st century low-end weight. Highlights include a glassy-eyed take on Aeroplane's 'Love on Hold', a sing-along version of Lemelle's boogie gem 'You Got Something Special' and a handful of fine rubs of the Shapeshifters.