Brighton-based Hot Digits Music has been delivering the spiciest finger-licking disco, funk and house since 2014. Inspired by the good times, the label was founded by British DJ and producer Fingerman. Hot Digits has seen releases from artists including: Dr Packer, Frank Virgilio, Rayko, Chewy Rubs, Kiu D, Deelicious and more. Wax Digits is Hot Digits’ sister label.
Review: Unlike many of its rivals, Fingerman's Hot Digits label doesn't fill its' obligatory annual compilation with back catalogue cuts. Instead, we're offered a vast number of previously unheard re-edits, remixes and original productions. It's a successful blueprint and one religiously adhered to on Hot Digits: Year Seven, the popular imprint's latest must-check collection. There's not enough room to single out every sonic highlight, but our current favourites include the breezy boogie squelch of Ross Fitz's 'I Miss Your Love ('85 Mix)', the driving deep house haziness of Fingerman and Henri Le Blanc's 'Leave Your Cares Tonight', the neo-trance cheeriness of Picklejam's 'Endorphin Situation' and the stab-happy, peak-time house retro-futurism of 'The Feeling' by Downunder Disco.
Review: See that corner of the dancefloor over there, where Disco is grooving away and keeps fluttering her eyelashes at Jazz-Funk? That's where you'll find San Fran veteran Henry Navarro tonight: his output over the past 30 years has spanned many shades of house, disco and techno, but on this four-tracker for Hot Digits he's all about the jazz piano licks, rolling disco basslines and west coast guitar squalls. From aptly-titled opener 'Groove Thing' to the mellower, more contemplative 'Led By Angels' and the furiously stomping 'They Know What It Makes', this EP is an understated triumph - don't sleep!
Review: Four tracks in a total of five mixes make up this latest offering from Spanish disco don James Rod, which is brought to you by Brighton-based Hot Digits Music. 'Matusalem Robot' is a bass-heavy, guitar-flecked chugger topped with squeeling, squalling synths, before getting a housed-up remix from Chewy Rubs and label boss Fingeman. Elsewhere, 'Showdown' is an early 80s-style funker with a rhythmic vocal loop and much use of sci-fi FX, 'We Celebrate' ploughs a more soul-inspired mid-70s groove but via a dubby, Levan-esque filter, while 'Latin Ton Funk' shouldn't really need a lot of explaining...
Review: If this writer's Juno inbox is anything to go by then, as of early 2021 there's a lot of very 80s-inspired disco around right now: boogie, Italo, cosmic and EBM/New Beat-inspired tracks are ten-a-penny, while authentically 70s-sounding homages/pastiches are a tad thinner on the ground. If your tastes do lean a little more towards the 'traditional', though, then check out this three-tracker from Mexico's Disco Feelings: 'Disco Dreams' recalls late 70s Roxy Music while the lightly Afro-tinged 'Leke Disco' comes on like a lost Loft classic, leaving only 'Leke Love' to nod to the boogie era.
Review: If you like your disco on the more leftfield/experimental side (as opposed to faithful pastiches of 70s and 80s sounds) then this four-track/six-mix EP from Italy's Frank Virgilio, coming on Brighton label Hot Digits Music, should be right up your alley. 'Fly Away' rocks an Italo-like bassline and quirky, end-of-pier organs, 'Black Fantasy' takes us into cosmic territory, 'The Bag' has a 60s spy theme feel and 'Electro Therapy' is fairly self-explanatory, while label boss Fingerman turns in a blissy, ALFOS-style rerub of 'Black Fantasy' before joining forces with Jay Ru to house 'The Bag' up a notch or two.
Review: Five very solid contemporary funk/disco jams make up this EP from Andy Buchan a native of Leeds. The vaguely Afro-tinged 'Awayo' itself marries fluttering funk guitars to synth strings, female wails and some hefty bottom-end squelch, while 'Disco Down' ain't nothin' but 6m40s of rolling groove. The lively, jazzy 'Swing That Thing' takes us into housier, more uptempo territory; then we drop back down into 'Dream Walking' (think the Bee Gees with added funk sleaze) before 'Disco Down' gets reworked for house floors, with a vocal chant added, on the Get Down Edits Remix.
Review: Four phat slices of nu-disco/funk here from Sauco, who's based in Gran Canaria, Spain. Instrumental workout 'Whatcha Like' has synthesized brass stabs by way of a lead line, with a fat n' squelchy electronic bassline below; 'Jealous' is a deeper, more stripped-back affair with a dreamy "don't be jealous" vocal snip (but not the Black Magic sample), while 'Calling You' has a rawer funk sound with the brass firmly front and centre. All three are eminently playable, but the standout here is 'Delicious' itself, an aptly-titled sultry, slo-mo chugger that could've come straight off a 'Too Slow To Disco' compilation - outstanding stuff.
Review: Tinned pie enthusiast and sometime producer Fray Bentos (real name Adam Billingham) has previously served up slices of meaty, deep-filled disco goodness on Katakana Edits and Alpaca Edits. Here he brings his brand of pastry-topped dancefloor deliciousness to Hot Digits for the very first time. There's plenty to get you salivating across the EP, from the Atlantic Jaxx-era Basement Jaxx house fizz of opener 'Atom Refunk', and the colourful nu-disco-meets-house warmth of 'Life Goes On', to the screaming, tooled-up disco re-edit rush of 'Where Were You?', and the more loved up but similarly grandiose closing cut 'X-Press Yo Self'. Perfect fodder for your solo lockdown discos; much dancing round the living room will ensue.
Review: Athens-based funk n' disco producer Christos Antoniou returns to Hot Digits Music with three original tracks here, while fellow label regular Frank Virgilio supplies the obligatory remix. The instrumental 'Dancefloor Stories' itself has something of an 80s, Miami Vice-ish kinda feel, thanks largely to the nagging synth riff that forms its backbone. Elsewhere, 'Papercllp Jam' is a squelchy funker with Zapp/Cameo leanings, 'Solaris' marries fluttering Chic-y guitars to authentically 70s-sounding brass, while finally Naples native Virgilio takes the title track down a darker path, toning down the original's spangly 80s sheen and adding layers of tribal percussion.
Review: Moving Parts offers a welcome return to action from Steve Gladdis AKA Smashed Atoms, whose previous solo singles were all released way back in 2017. We can confirm that he's in fine form, too, with opener "Lifted" - a collaboration with long-serving chanteuse Kathy Diamond - offering a near perfect blend of colourful nu-disco elements (think sparkling synths, handclap-heavy beats, toasty bass, colourful electronics and effects-laden guitars). We'd recommend the vocal version, but the more stripped-back, delay-laden Dub is also rather good. Gladdis joins forces with Backdoor Man on 'All The Time', a more deep house-influenced chunk of flash-fried nu-disco funk that comes accompanied by a rather good Andy Buchan remix.
Review: This EP from Toby O'Connor, coming on Fingerman's Belfast-based Hot Digits Music, is sitting in our disco section but would be equally at home flying under the jazz-funk flag. Dexterously finger-picked jazz geetar and parping horns form the backbone of most of the six tracks - the only real exception being 'Back In 95', which delegates the hefty lifting to Hammonds and flutes instead, and which comes accompanied by a more immediately club-friendly Fingerman's Nude Disco Remix. If you dig the likes Roy Ayers, Dexter Wansell or Deodato, you'll find plenty to enjoy here.
Review: Fresh from an energetic, funk-fuelled outing on Spincat Music, JB Boogie returns to Hot Digits for the first time in 12 months. Plenty will be impressed by flash-fried opener "Black Gold", a wall-of-sound carnival disco number smothered in gnarly funk-rock guitar solos, spacey synths and bold piano riffs, while the filter-sporting "Lovin Feelin" is an excellent interpretation of what sounds like a treacle-rich, early '80s disco-boogie gem. Elsewhere, "Funky Light" is a slightly more hard-wired, soul-fired peak-time synth-boogie number guaranteed to set pulses racing, while "The Groove" is a horn-toting disco-funk stomper that sounds capable of setting peak-time dancefloors alight.
Review: Two years ago, Irish pals Get Down Edits and Stephen Richards released a joint EP in which they remixed each other. Here they've gone one step further and offered up a set of genuinely collaborative productions. There's much to admire, from the cheery nu-disco/acid house fusion of vocal-sporting opener "Acid Thing", and the electric piano-laden revivalist disco-boogie bounce of "People Get Up", to the revivalist piano house sunniness of "Beautiful Sisters (Be Strong)". The EP also boasts a couple of tidy remixes: a chunkier, turn-of-the-90s US house take on "People Get Up", and a bustling, all-action nu-disco revision of "Beautiful Sisters" by label boss Fingerman.
Review: Having previously featured on some pretty hot labels over the last few years, most notably Midnight Riot, sometime Get Down Edits "family member" Jay Ru pops up on Hot Digits with his most expansive release to date. It begins a quartet of varied, sample-heavy productions, with highlights including the head-nodding, Beatdown style dancefloor soul bliss of opener "Such A Long Time", the bubbly, horn-heavy tropical nu-disco bounce of "Flippin' The Bird", and the multi-coloured, club-ready goodness of Fingerman hook-up "Sweet Hum". The equally as impressive remixes that follow include a superb bumping house meats nu-disco revision of "Movin' On" by Paul B, and a rolling, peak-time tweak of "Flippin' The Bird" by Fingerman and Chewy Rubs.
Review: It's been another action-packed year for Tonbe, who appears to have spent much of the pandemic lockdown period preparing more hot-to-trot re-edits, reworks and original productions. Here he makes the switch from his Disco Fruit and Cherry Cola labels to make a first appearance on Hot Digits - an imprint he first graced in 2014 - in some time. There's much to admire throughout, from the throbbing, synth-laden Italo-disco chug of pulsating opener "Bow Wow" and the kaleidoscopic, P-funk-goes-house bustle of "Circle", to the low-slung, Talkbox-sporting "Time Is Running Out", and the squelchy, all-action nu-disco-meets-deep house colour of title track "Neon Nights". Label head honcho FIngerman remixes the latter track, smartly turning it into a breakbeat-powered chunk of breakbeat house/Balearic acid fusion.
Review: If you dug Spiteri's recent club smash 'The Power Of Disco' you'll almost certainly be feeling title track 'Give Me Less' here - it's another lyrical hymn to the life-affirming release offered by this most maligned of genres, and treads quite similar musical ground. Elsewhere, the reggae-tinged 'Take Us There' sounds suspiciously like a re-edit of The Police (though of what track, this reviewer couldn't tell you), while a very familiar Loleatta Holloway vocal provides the basis for 'It's The Inside' and 'Cosmic Dreaming' plays us out in surging, euphoric style... it's just a shame Ibiza's closed for the summer, eh?
Review: Having recently notched up a sixth year in business, Fingerman's Hot Digits imprint is in a celebratory mood - hence this all-action round-up of recent delights and unheard treats from the disco-loving label. Encompassing no less than 30 tunes, the collection giddily skips between warming beatdown disco (P-Sol's "Walter"), Mark E style slo-mo loop jams (Vigi's "I'll Be There") and glassy-eyed Balearic nu-disco (Picklejam's "Untitled Love"), before raising its hands skywards as the peak-time party-starters begin to appear thick and fast. Highights in this category include the vibrant jazz-house flex of Dexter Jones' "Swing Thing", the bustling boogie re-edit business of Monsieur Von Pratt's "Let's Dance" and the hearty disco-funk heaviness of Chewy Rubs' "Funky Bee Bop".
Review: It may have an uninspired - if technically accurate - title, but this first solo outing from Jet Boot Jack is anything but mundane. For proof, check the rushing and rousing stomp of opener "Start It Off", which sticks a massive house-friendly boot up the backside of a camp and joyous peak-time disco stomper. Further evidence is provided via the filter-sporting, string-laden disco-house celebration that is "Jetstream" - all killer loops, breathy female vocal snippets, body-battering beats and heady orchestral sweeps - and the sweeter, beatdown-tempo shuffle of "The Disco Floor", which sounds like a rework of an unlikely disco record by a country music star (it may not be, but that's our take).
Review: Sometime Sound Exhibitions sort Noil Rago has a solid track record when it comes to serving up off-kilter nu-disco, celebratory house and beefed-up re-edits. This EP - a collection of "Unusual Disco" - is his first for Hot Digits and, unsurprisingly, there's much to enjoy throughout. Perhaps the most alluring track of the lot is "Sambao", a 102 BPM trip into organ-rich revivalist Afro-Cosmic territory full of funk-fuelled guitar riffs, rolling percussion and bubbly electronics. Later in the EP it's given the remix treatment by Fingerman and Bellabouche, who smother it in dub disco delay and add a hypnotic, beatdown style groove. Elsewhere, "Not By Change" sees the Naples-based producer brilliantly fuse nu-disco, Afro-Cosmic and dub disco, while "Stop" is a robotic trip into nu-disco/NYC electrofunk fusion.
Review: Last year Lasso D'Amore popped up on Hot Digits' fifth anniversary compilation, so it's little surprise to see the Dublin-based producer returning to the label with a full EP. The standout cut is undoubtedly "Backyard Jungle", a toe-tapping shuffle through tropical disco pastures rich in delay-laden guitar licks, undulating bass and Azymth style electric piano riffs. Fingerman's "Tribal Funk" remix is a sweaty, grunting and energy-packed affair, while the Ian Upfold revision is a blissful and glassy-eyed chunk of synth-laden nu-disco goodness. Elsewhere, 'Falling Into You" is a rush-inducing slab of Balearic nu-disco cheeriness and "The Way We Used To Do It" is tactile, wavy and dreamy in the best possible way.
Review: Ten months have passed since Ross Fitz's last solo single, so this EP on Hot Digits - his first for Fingerman's prolific outlet - is arguably well overdue. The four Fitz productions on show naturally lean heavily on borrowed sounds and grooves, though they're different enough from the source material to be classed as original tracks. We're particularly enjoying the swirling, mid-tempo post-boogie trip that is "Feel It" and the beatdown style nu-disco head nod of "Sailing", though the colourful electrofunk bounce of "Stop Messin' Around" and loved-up late '80s house shuffle of "Angels" also hit the spot. Pal Ruff Diamond steps up to remix "Feel It", re-casting the cut as an excitable chunk of vibrant P-funk.
Review: This is a suitably solid start to the year from re-editor, remixer and producer Monsieur Von Pratt, an artist that rose to prominence within the disco scene in 2019. There's something particularly pleasing about opener "Be Real", which sees him successfully rework an obscure disco-boogie number rich in wavy group vocals, colourful synthesizer lines, cut-glass strings and toasty bass. There's plenty to enjoy elsewhere on the EP though, from the hot-to-trot early '80s disco bustle of "Distant Lover", to the percussion-laden instrumental disco headiness of "Let Your Body Shake" and the celebratory rush of fine closing cut "Loving You".
Review: Fresh from fine outings on Editorial, Spa In Disco and Midnight Riot, Frank Virgilio pops up on Hot Digits with a quartet of warm and seductive workouts. He kicks things off via the sun down beauty and woozy grooves of "Your Whisper", before joining the dots between beatdown, Italo-disco and dancefloor Balearica on the bubbly and hypnotic "Get Now!" Title track "Donde Estas" is an impressively warm and groovy shuffle through pitched-down samba disco territory, while closing cut "Beautiful Sister" is a slightly bolder (but no less deep) mixture of drifting melodies, head-nodding house beats, groovy bass, select vocal snippets and enveloping chords.
Review: According to our records, "Back2ThaBeatdown" marks Hot Digits boss Fingerman's first solo single for almost three years. As the title suggests, the music on the EP was inspired in part by Detroit Beatdown, a mid-tempo style more associated with deep house than the disco cuts the British producer has used as his source material. Our pick of a strong quartet of cuts is "High Priorities", a rolling disco instrumental re-imagined as a toe-tapping slice of mid set dancefloor dreaminess. That said, other listeners will rightly gravitate towards the excitable, string-laden disco-funk of "Brass Monkeys", the even heavier and hazier "Don't Leave Me, Yeah?" and the rubbery disco-house grooves of "The Feel Good Factor".
Review: After first impressing on Hot Digits with 2018's "Gettin' Loose EP", Steve Cooper once more dons the Down Under Disco alias with a rock solid sequel. He begins in confident fashion via "Turn Away", a warm and groovy cut that sits somewhere between deep house and loopy disco-house, before offering up the bold and bass-heavy "Sonny Jim", where woozy organ chords and glistening disco guitar licks rise above a pleasingly saucer-eyed groove. "Get Down" is an energetic, trippy and low-slung chunk of peak-time disco-house headiness, "Everybody Lose Control" cleverly combines stargazing synth lines with UK funky style bass and bouncy house beats, and PickleJam's "Party Line" remix of "Turn Away" is a sparkling fusion of bouncy electro beats and slick nu-disco musicality.
Review: We'd rather not quibble with Parissior about the definition of "house", but to us the majority of the tracks on his "Not Quite House Cutz" EP sound like house. Disco, boogie and nu-disco influenced house, but still house. Regardless, there's much to enjoy throughout, from the swirling deep house chords, gentle acid lines and chunky grooves of "Don't Worry About It" and the acid-fired, disco-tech bustle of "Acid Shape", to the bass-heavy disco-house loop jam "Bad Thinking". Complimenting these three layered and ear-pleasing original cuts is a remix of "Don't Worry About It" by Fingerman. The Hot Digits supremo drags the track further towards filter-sporting disco-house territory by emphasizing some sharp horn samples and turning the bass up to eleven.
Review: Within the nu-disco scene there's been plenty of hype around Hot Digits' latest EP, a quietly impressive four-tracker from previously unheard producer Curtis Scott. If you listen to the clips, it's easy to work out why. Opener "Right Time" is a vibrant chunk of disco-boogie business rich in effects-laden liquid bass, glistening Chic style guitars and chant-along male vocals, while "AJ" is the kind of bass-heavy, pitched-down slow disco jam more associated with Mark E and Italian producer LTJ Xperience. Scott heads peak-time bound with the wonderfully tactile and groovy "Get Over" (a dub disco/deep house fusion affair built around samples from a France Joli classic) before reaching for the synths, sunglasses and glistening guitars on fine '80s revision "Rio Scandal".
Review: Earlier in the year, Italian-Australian producer Dave Mathmos sent many hearts fluttering via a killer EP of mid-tempo reworks on DJ Supermarket's Too Slow To Disco edits series. This time round he's in a more up-tempo mood, with opener "Why Don't You" offering a peak-time ready, house-friendly rework of disco classic "Spread Love" that allows the original vocals, horns and orchestration plenty of room to breathe. "Colinandro" is similarly weighty and upbeat, with Mathmos sprinkling a little contemporary dancefloor magic over a downlow disco-funk workout. Elsewhere, "The Dude" is an excellent pitched-down revision of another heady slab of disco-funk, while "Sexy Tortellino" is a mid-tempo bubbler that layers dubbed-out snippets from a familiar disco-funk favourite over a chunky, locked-in groove.
Review: Strap yourself in and prepare for take-off: "Boogie Airlines" is ready to take flight with captain JB Boogie at the controls. There's a party going on aboard, with the label-hopping producer-turned-pilot delivering a scintillating soundtrack of disco-fired dancefloor treats. The cabin crew is dancing in the aisles to the rolling disco-funk heaviness of "Sometimes", while the slap-bass propelled hustle of "Show My Love" - a pitched up peak-time take on a Goldie Alexander classic - is tastier than the in-flight food and twice as salty. The jazzy disco sweetness of "Feeling" and the horn-fired synth boogie business of "Alright" follow, before co-pilot Fingerman takes the controls to deliver a pumped-up "Boogie Beatdown" take on the latter jam
Review: If you like your nu-disco on the laidback and Balearic side then you'll find much to enjoy on this three-track, five-mix EP from Leeds-based Picklejam. 'Apollo's Groove' has shimmering Italo synths and just a hint of mournful, Latin-sounding brass, and is followed by 'Cosmic Odyssey', a very classy small-hours excursion for the disco floors, before 'Canaveral' then flips the script and looks to 80s electro and hip-hop for inspiration. On the remix front, Fingerman provides an alternative (but not radically different) take on 'Apollo's Groove' while Smashed Atoms add some killer Italo-house pianos to 'Cosmic Odyssey'.
Review: On his latest EP for Fingerman's Hot Digits label, Athens hero C Da Afro is in full-on synth-boogie mode. Raiding his collection of '80s soul records for inspiration, the prolific producer offers up a trio of reworks rich in bold synth-bass, dewy-eyed vocals and colourful melodies. Choose between the aptly titled "Slick", the elastic, P-funk-tinged bounce of "Can't Get Enough" and the fliter-and-saxophone-sporting haziness of "Gonna Get You", another '80s soul revision that's been subtly tooled up for contemporary dancefloors. Remix wise, the killer contribution comes from Chewy Rubs, whose Dub mix of "Slide" is an on-point study in hard synth bass, ricocheting guitars, chunky guitars, echoing vocal samples and delay-laden synthesizer flashes.
Review: Following a string of rock solid EPs for the likes of Thunder Jam, Masterworks Music and Spa In Disco, Stephen Richards returns to Hot Digits for the first time since January 2018. He hits the ground running with a slap bass, electric piano and P-funk fuelled chunk of nu-disco/deep house fusion (the addictive "Coastal Groove"), before opting for tighter beats, fuzzier bass guitar and skewed, turn-of-the-90s house stabs on the similarly impressive "Groundwork". He offers up some spacey, synth-laden disco positivity, too, in the shape of "Rare Pleasure". That gets a smooth and groovy disco-house makeover at the hands of pals Get Down Edits, while Fingerman delivers a loopy "Boogie Beatdown" flip of "Groundwork" and Kiu D re-imagines "Coastal Groove" as a dreamy chunk of fizzing disco-boogie.
Review: Every 12 months, Fingerman's prolific Hot Digits imprint serves up an epic compilation entirely made up of exclusive, previously unheard re-edits, reworks and original productions. They're invariably excellent and this year's edition - the fifth in total - is even more epic than usual. There's naturally plenty to set the pulse racing amongst the dancefloor focused 32-track selection, from the throbbing Italo-disco style electronic sleaziness of Peza's "I Gotta Little Love" and the bouncy, acid-flecked cheeriness of Limpdisco's "Rush Hour", to the angular nu-disco heaviness of Andy Kidd's "The Dope Cube", the sparkling 80s boogie goodness of LUP INO's "Don't Stop Fooling" and and disco-funk-goes-house pump of Fingerman's "Family Ties". Keep an eye out too for rock solid rubs by Dr Packer, Chuggin Edits, Rayko and Andy Buchan.
Review: Producer Rich Hall and singer/instrumentalist Megan Jones, AKA Cuz Electric, have previously released on labels such as Midnight Riot, Paper Recordings and Katakana Edits, so it's little surprise that housed-up nu-disco and discofied deep house are the order of the day on this five-tracker for Fingerman's Belfast-based Hot Digits Music. 'It Came Fast' features sprightly pianos and a very 80s-sounding bassline, 'Where Is It?' veers into electro/boogie pastures, 'Gravitate' is a Nang-esque nu-disco gem before being remixed into an Italo-tinged throbber by JB Dizzy while the label boss's Acid Beatdown remix of 'Where Is It?' brings the Ha?ienda '87 vibes.
Review: Having previously appeared on a handful of Hot Digits compilations, SR Edits has finally been handed the chance to release a full EP on Fingerman's prolific imprint. It's an action packed four-track affair rich in giddy, floor-friendly workouts that sit somewhere in between traditional tooled-up re-edits and the house style boogie loop jams of Italian twosome Tiger & Woods. Title track "Delicious Disco" - a bouncy and loopy boogie-house cut built around sections lifted from Brenda Taylor's "You Can't Have Your Cake & Eat It Too" - is our pick of the bunch, though the glossy big studio, mid-80s electrofunk flex of "Disco Spring" and deeper "Nite Talk" arse also pretty darn good.
Review: 10 months after his last outing for Hot Digits, self-proclaimed "visionary remixer" Frank Virgilio returns to Fingerman's label with an EP packed to the rafters with floor-friendly fare. The Neopolitan producer is renowned for blurring the lines between remixes, re-edits and original productions, so it's little surprise to find that much of the music here treads a similar path. Check, for example, "Marco's Groove", a head-nodding, toe-tapping slo-mo loop jam that combines samples from an old Claudja Barry jam with heavy new drums and fuzzy electronic bass. Elsewhere, "It's Really True" is a bumping chunk of dub disco/deep house fusion, "Let's Go (The Rethink)" is a bouncy disco-house treat and "Special 79" a pleasingly low-slung chunk of warming deep house rich in boogie bass and sparkling electrofunk synths.
Review: Some three years after releasing his debut EP on Disco Fruit, David "JB Dizzy" Backes is back in action, this time on Fingerman's Hot Digits Music imprint. He starts a wonderfully warm and groovy EP with the sweeping synth-strings, darting P-funk synth flashes, rich electric piano stabs and mid-tempo disco grooves of "Rendezvous", before upping the tempo on the filter boasting disco/deep house fusion of hazy title track "Lovin' Me". For those seeking something with a little more head-nodding chug, the breezy, sun-kissed "Slow Cooking" should tick a lot boxes thanks to an alluring combination of dubbed-out vocal snippets and toasty disco instrumentation. Fingerman delivers a slightly more peak-time-ready revision of "Rendezvous", while Get Down Edits do a similar job on their loopy, tooled-up disco-house take on "Lovin' Me".
Review: Sometime Pole Position regular Slync pops up on Fingerman's Hot Digits label, and this time he's not foolin' around. The title track is a wonderfully breezy, melodious and kaleidoscopic chunk of nu-boogie rich in drum machine style beats, life-affirming chords, rubbery bass guitar and colourful synthesizer melodies. It comes accompanied by two solid bonus cuts - the boogie/deep house fusion of "Boogie Bells" and hazy dub disco workout "Lovely Dub" - plus two tasty revisions of "Foolin". There's a rushing synth-house revision by Pete Da Freq and a decidedly heavy rub by Cuz Electric that sits somewhere between nu-disco and mind-altering Italo-disco darkness.
Review: London producer Ash Reynolds serves up four slices of sumptuous contemporary disco that'd work just as well on more disco-oriented deep/soulful house floors as they will in straight-up disco sets. 'Darlin' Bae' itself has a single, surging keyboard riff, male vocal snips and 'Soul Calypso'-like percussion, 'Fall For Love' is a lazy, looping affair with female vox, 'Hold On Me' is in a similar vein but with added brass and filtered, chorus'd vox and finally 'One Thing' veers more towards jazz-funk territory. It's very classy stuff all round, making this a must-have for disco lovers on a pre-Xmas/NYE buying spree!
Review: Fingerman's Hot Digits label has now notched up 50 releases. To celebrate this landmark occasion, the man himself has selected 25 of his favourite cuts from the label's rapidly expanding back catalogue. As a showcase for everything that's good about the imprint, it does a bang up job, gleefully jogging between exotic mid-tempo disco and disco-funk (Frank Virgilio, Dr Packer, The funk District), slo-mo disco-acid (Fingerman's tremendous rework of B-Jam's "Sundog"), kaleidoscopic, reworked '80s boogie business (Casual Connection, Melon Bomb, the hard-tweaked filters and heady loop business of Chewy Rubs), tried-and-tested party-starters (Smashed Atoms, Get Down Edits remixing Stephen Richards) and giddy peak-time workouts (Shit Hot Soundsystem, Dave Gerrard, Thomas Maslo, Kiu D). As the old saying goes, this is all killer, no filler.
Review: Emirates-based DJ/producer Don Dayglow has giddily flit between labels of late, serving up EPs on ISM, Particle Zoo, Hottwerk and Thunder Jam. Here the British ex-pat adds another label to his discography via a quietly impressive collection of cuts on Fingerman's Hot Digits imprint. The real standout is probably opener "Gazza's Music Gang", a tidy rework of the flipside Dub of "Making Music" by Gary's Gang which makes great use of the original's chugging groove and fluttering, life-affirming synth solos. That said, there's plenty to set the pulse racing elsewhere, from the acid-fired funk-goes-Italo-disco throb of "Dig It" and the jaunty nu-disco melodiousness of "DCi 2i". The latter comes accompanied by a tidy Fingerman re-rub in which the South Coast producer goes all wonky, bass-heavy and trippy.
Review: Antton is the latest addition to the Ibiza club scene, as resident DJ at several hotspots such as Ushuaia Tower, Cafe Del Mar, Es Vive Hotels Experience Bar and The Beach Star Hotel - where he is also the music director. He comes to Hot Digits armed with a plethora of sultry poolside reworks and classic vibes, which the label themselves perfectly described as' perfect for warming up or firing off!' From the lo-slung soul power of "Alejarse", classic slo-mo disco on the rather sultry "El Dolor Mas Dulce" (with Dimitry Soul) or "Ve Mas Despacio" respectively. Lastly, label head honcho Fingerman gets on board with an extended re-edit of "Milagro".
Review: Ali "Ooft" Herron usually operates out of his own FOTO Recordings label, so it's a pleasant surprise to see the Scottish producer pop up on Hot Digits. Naturally, there's no dip in quality, with Herron expertly exploring slo-mo deep house/ disco fusion (bubbly opener "Remote Lover" and the swirling Barry White style purr of "One Thing", before pushing up the tempo in pursuit of peak-time glory. In this category you'll find the layered hand percussion and spacey bass of glassy-eyed '80s soul rework "Keep Running" and the snappy, riff-heavy bounce of turn-of-the-'90s NY house workout "Indy Thinking". The latter is also given a bonus going over by label chief Fingerman, who adds swirling effects and trippy synths to make it sound like an alternate take on Lil' Louis's "French Kiss".
Review: Since making his debut a couple of years back, Downunder Disco producer Steve Cooper has become one of Thunder Jam's most reliable artists. Here the Aussie nu-disco don transfers to Fingerman's Hot Digits label to release what could well be his strongest EP. Of the four original tracks on offer, we're rather enjoying the lolloping beats, dreamy Rhodes chords and fluttering Balearic flourishes of "Gettin' Loose", the off0kilter Latino piano house bustle of "Horn Bag" and the wavy acid-funk of "Last Night Changed". Saskin S handles remix duties, first serving up a languid, head-nodding take on "Gettin' Loose" (the sun-kiised "Smoothie and Soft" mix), before heading towards peak-time dancers via an analogue bass-propelled deep house Club Mix of the same track.
Review: To kick-start a fourth year of disco-fuelled madness, Hot Digits chief Fingerman has put together this sizeable compilation of previously unheard exclusives. As you'd expect, there's far more killers than fillers to be found amongst the 28-track deep selection or re-edits and original productions. Highlights include the clarinet-laden electrofunk-meets-disco bounce of Frank Virgilio's "It's Your Boogie Baby", the disco-goes-hip-hop flex of Tony Disco's delicious "Rolling Paper", the sparkling nu-disco goodness of "When It Comes To Funk" by Stephen Richards, the driving disco-house bump of Ash Reynolds' "Cold Girl" and the fuzzy electrofunk wobble of Don Dayglow's "Many Things". Throw in fine contributions from Chewy Rubs, Le Visiteur, norse man Jarle Brathen and, of course, Fingerman, and you have a must-buy collection of cuts.