Review: Label-hopping producer Andy Buchan has enjoyed a quietly impressive year so far. This expansive outing on Fingerman's Hot Digits label comes on the back of successful appearances on Editorial and Rare Wiri. He starts in confident fashion via the dub disco bottom end and intergalactic synth flourishes of "Lunar Dust" before overdosing on happy pills with the sun-bright Balearic bliss that is "Lyla's Theme". Layered disco percussion, swirling vocal samples and ragged TB-303 style electronics combine on the rough-and-ready "Little Acid Love", while "Powerburst" is a pleasingly baggy slice of Balearic disco loveliness. There's also a tasty bonus in the shape of James Rod's rich and humid nu-disco interpretation of "Lunar Dust".
Review: It's fair to say that Andy Buchanan is on a roll. He enjoyed a hugely successful debut year in 2017 and has since kept up the pressure via EPs on Spa in Disco and Masterworks Music. His Hot Digits debut is a typically cheery and positive affair, with rolling, Italo-disco inspired opener "Spectral" - all restless arpeggio lines, dreamy chords and rising melodies - setting the tone. Of the four original tracks on show, the throbbing and attractive "Mind Blown" is probably the pick, though the Balearic boogie/laidback piano house flex of "Your Promise" is almost as inspired. Aussie adventurer Dr Packer heads up the remix package with a simply scorching, TB-303 heavy "Acid Disco" remake of opener "Spectral".
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: 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: It's a while since we last heard from Edinburgh-based re-editor B-Jam, who previously impressed with a couple of excellent EPs on Superbreak. Here he resurfaces on Fingerman's Hot Digits label, delivering a selection of edits clearly aimed at house dancefloors. The real killer is "Sundog", which although based on loops from Clout's Balearic, reggae-disco classic "Sunshine Baby", does a terrific job in chopping up and beefing up the original elements. It's accompanied by a housier, acid-flecked rework from Fingerman. Elsewhere, he turns a disco-funk jam into a straight-up house hustler ("Juicer"), reaches for the filters and heavyweight kick-drums on the synth and slap-bass rinse-out "On It", and delivers another deliciously stuttering dancefloor cut-up ("Good Turn Out").
Review: Amsterdam-based producer Olivier Boogie doesn't put out many EPs, but what he does release is usually superb. Certainly, his previous edit-heavy 12" singles on Whiskey Disco and Lumberjacks in Hell were top notch. This debut for Fingerman's Hot Digits imprint is white hot, too. Opener "Switch" delivers chunky, loop-heavy thrills in his usual disco/house fusion style, with hooky piano lines and choice vocal samples riding a sturdy, cut-up groove. There's a looser, more reverential tone about the humid, horn-heavy South American disco vibes of "Funky Tropical", while "Cyclops" and "Ooh La La" explore deeper - if not less floor-friendly - territory. Fingerman offers his own take on two of the tracks, with the eyes-close slow house flex of his "Slo-Grind" rework of "Cyclops" standing out.
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: Over the last couple of years, Lukas Ru-Kasu has established himself as one of the re-edit scene's leading lights, with a super-smooth, filter-heavy style all of his own. Having previously released EPs on Midnight Riot, Llama Farm and DiscoDat - amongst others - the Western Australia producer arrives on Fingerman's Hot Digits label with five more tried-and-tested dancefloor delights. As usual, there's a mix of the familiar ("Give It To Ya", a tweak of Mary Jane Girls' "All Night Long") and lesser known (the delicious '80s soul flex of "Listen" and "Such a Feeling"). Best of all, though, is "Push is the Groove", a killer p-funk rework in his loopy, house-friendly style.
Review: Since making his debut on Superbreak back in 2012, hirsute edit fiend Chewy Rubs has delivered a steady stream of rock solid rework EPs. Morphed sees him make his first appearance on Fingerman's label, Hot Digits, and boasts six solid servings of dancefloor fun. There's an attractive breeziness about wiggly, synth-laden P-funk rework "See The Light", while "Rockit 2 Me" sees him expertly working a slap-bass and percussion-laden boogie stomper. He's always been good at packing plenty of energy into his edits, and this side of his work is expertly showcased on the EP's three strongest moments, "Shake It Now", "Get Dancing", and the almost broken-disco shuffle of "First Voyage".
Review: With a whole string of tasty releases on a variety of top labels, Gary 'Chuggin Edits' Poulter has been a busy fellow this past six months. The Essex based DJ held a residency at the last Days of Shoreditch Summer 2017. He finally comes to Hot Digits Music with a hot five tracker full of quality cut and paste joints! From the pumping and hypnotic loops of "Pay The Price" (nailing that early French Touch vibe) via some soul-funk sources, there's also "31 Flavours" which goes for that Salsoul feel. Finally, he saves the best for last on two sultry and slo-mo resplices on the low slung tip, such as "Windy" and "My Drifting Mind" respectively.
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: 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: 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: Melbourne, Australia based disco larrkin Dawn Again returns to Hot Digits Music with four joints of smooth soul goodness. A producer on the rise in the words of the label and the evidence is sure here. "Hot Tub Lonnie" is the kind of lo-slung and loopy bliss for sunny Sunday afternoon backyard BBQ parties while "I Want You Hugh" continues on with the slo-mo vibes on this clever edit of a very familiar classic we all know and love. Finally "Zozesphino" goes for more of a soul/funk vibe and again samples a certain diggers delight and geared for ergonomic modern DJ use. Nice one!
Review: Deelicious has enjoyed an impressive debut year, delivering solid blends of disco, boogie and house for Disco Fruit and Sound Exhibitions. This final release of 2015 contains arguably his strongest collection of tracks yet. Title track "Ridin High" is something of a rich and evocative treat, with jazzy keys, chords, guitars and vocal samples riding a slick deep house groove. "For Your Heart Ache" offers a breezy house take on a sweet old disco rub, while "Too Late" blends samples from what sounds like an '80s R&B/soul cut with jaunty house beats. After a quick trip into filter-heavy disco-house territory ("You Know How"), Fingerman rounds things off by delivering a smoother, more hypnotic house revision of "Ridin High".
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: 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: 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: Having built up his reputation via a series of well-regarded re-edit releases, Australian producer Greg Packer has recently impressed with EPs of original music on Hotbox Boogie and Hot Digits. Here he returns to the latter with the expansive Diagnosis: Disco, a collection of tracks that expertly joins the dots between warm disco and slinky deep house. Highlights are plentiful, from the baggy, filter-heavy '80s soul shuffle of "Enuff Love" and the spiralling, near Balearic rush of "Hypnotizing", to the energetic throb of the gloriously synth-laden "Keep Doin' What You're Doin". Label boss Fingerman has a pop at remixing lead cut "Trip To The Galaxy", layering Packer's warm original elements with twinkling pianos, delay-laden vocal snippets and immersive deep house chords.
Review: Following his recent excursion into roots reggae, classy scalpel master Dr Packer is back to more familiar territory on the Funkibiotics EP. His formula is to take a slick vintage soul-funker and ever so gently tease it out whilst applying some light defibrillation to the vintage beats beneath. It works a treat on the sleek poolside grinder "Do That Again" and the brave acid-meets-70s-funk of "We Got The Acid Funk - also reworked in fine style by the mighty Fingerman.
Review: The scalpel wielding edit doctor from down under, Dr Packer, returns to practice some more reworking of summer-ready jams on the Smooth Operator EP. There are five new surgeries this time; the synth heavy "Shared Nights", a slow 'n' low Balearic rework "Heaven In The Ghetto", and the elastic band funk of "Ya Don't Stop". Fingerman pops up too to remix with a precision remake op "Block Party Disco Dub".
Review: "Button Pusher", Gregg 'Fingerman' Holmes' hot-to-trot 2015 disco edit, remains one of Hot Digits' best-selling tracks. It makes perfect sense, then, that Holmes has decided to get it remixed. Aussie maestro Dr Packer steps up first, filtering out the swirling strings and adding wavering TB-303 lines on a superb disco-acid interpretation. Predictably, Italian slo-mo don LTJ takes the opposite approach, dipping the tempo and wisely sticking closer to Holmes' sumptuous source material. The final version comes from deep house sort Martin Hayes, who turns "Button Pusher" into a stomping chunk of filter-heavy disco-house energy. As if that wasn't enough to get you to part with your hard earned cash, Holmes has also included another disco-house smasher in the shape of "Mainliner (Bonus Tool)".
Review: Brighton based nu-disco imprint pays tribute to old school essentials on their latest release by label boss Greg Holmes aka Fingerman and it totally kicks butt! First track "Hey Yo!" hears the drummer get wicked on this James Brown sampling, soul funk hoe down. On the title track it's a true disco classic from wayback that's sampled, but we're not giving it away;
keep digging! There's more of the same on "Way U Move" but it's the two remixes of the title track which are the real shiners on here. The "Situation Remix" is a slowed down tool version with lovely Rhodes piano, while the "James Rod Hypnotick Remix" is more on the energetic tip with funk bassline and killer synth lead to boot!
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: The nu-disco world loves a good split EP and here's another, this time from the Hot Digits crew. First up is re-edit champion Fingerman, whose "Norman's Disco" is nine minutes of swirling bass twisting retro funk fun. Elsewhere we get more elongated funk joints on Dr Packer's "Feel Like Dancing" and Pontchartrain's "Funk Down", whilst Peza decides to slip Harlequin Four's electro classic "Set It Off" some nasty acid for some bonkers party action.
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: 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: Of late, Dave Gerrard has been gallivanting around town, flirting with all the hottest re-edit labels going. His latest musical paramour is none other than Hot Digits, a freshly squeezed clinch of which the fruits are certainly not made from concentrate. Once again uplifting '70s party vibes are the order of the day, with "Use My Body" being a slow, twanging raunch-fest, while "Coming To You Live" is a hypnotic brassy disco pulsator. "Something That You Do To Me" sounds like the Jackson family at their glittery peak, and finally "Feel So Good" ends proceedings with a breaky, melodramatic mood-jam.
Review: Rising stars of the 21st century disco scene, Get Down Edits, join forces with Waterford pal Stephen Richards for a fine crew EP on Fingerman's still smoking Hot Digits label. As you might expect, there's much fun to be had throughout, from the lolloping, mid-tempo, soul-fired disco house loveliness of Richards' "Making Music (Original Mix)" and 6th Borough Style compressed deep house-disco bounce of Get Down Edits' "Our Turn" (a brilliant track for the sample spotters), to the organ-boasting, early '90s New Jersey deep house revivalism of the collaborative "Don't Be Shy". Get Down Edits' heavier, faster and more thrusting rework of Richards' "Making Music" is also rather impressive.
Review: It's hard to properly define a category for Goldboy's music, but what we can say is that he makes pretty solid house music with a mystical, delicate edge that sits very nicely alongside the whole nu disco spectrum. Being a Bristolian, he's all about the synths and the wavey pads, elements at the core of "Highway 606", both in its original format, and in the more stripped down version by Ourra. Again, "Cungajam" is a delightful journey through space and time thanks to its hypnotic sequence of melodies, and "We Are Serious" changes the pace by going for a more head-down, funked-out kinda vibe.
Review: Gradient Logic continues their admirable attempt to put out an EP on each of the world's most popular re-edit imprints. Having previously put out material on Editorial, Masterworks Music, DiscoDat, Disco Fruit and ChopShop, the St Petersburg producers now pop up on Fingerman's Hot Digits imprint. They begin by serving up two versions of fluid, delay-laden, reggae-tinged electrofunk roller "Hither and Thither", with the rolling Dub being our pick of the pair. "Something Special" sees the Russian combo make merry with a cosmic rock/disco-rock cut - with predictably fine results - while "Expanse of Sea" is warm, woozy, soulful, gently jazzy and underpinned by some seriously locked-in drums. Fingerman's Balearic-minded "Blue Lagoon Rework" is arguably even better.
Review: Having recently dropped a number of sought-after re-edits, James Rod returns to the world of original production in cooperation with vocalist Tania Haroshka. There's a genuine Crazy P feel about "Let Them Dance", where Haroshka's Danielle Moore style vocals wrap themselves around a bouncy nu-disco groove, deep house style textures, Balearic synthesizer flourishes and occasional blasts of disco-fied horns. Rayko delivers the first of two floor-friendly remixes, teasing out the various instrumental elements over a tactile, electrofunk-influenced groove. File under "sunshine boogie". Finally, Parissior drags the track in a different direction, effortlessly joining the dots between bassline-driven disco-house and spiraling nu-disco headiness.
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: 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: 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: Fingerman, label boss of Brighton's Hot Digits, has his finger on the pulse of nu-disco talent. Here he proves it again by snapping up Louisville-based (via UK) JP Source - a talent already in hot demand. On the Tap, Nod, Shake EP, he drops four smooth sizzlers, perfect for those fuzzy late night disco basement parties. Highlights include the funky sleepy grinder "Dub Soda", the dreamy elegance of "On The Take" and Fingerman's own dubby electro-disco take on Dub Soda.
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: Norway's Kellini has been tentatively branching out from his safe enclave at the Walking Disco label, dipping his toe of late in the waters of new and different labels like Thunder Jam and now, Hot Digits. Its been good for him to stretch his creative legs, with this new five track EP a case in point. Displaying a newfound maturity, highlights of the release include the West End Records-style warm boogie of "Varighet", the title track's raunchy arpeggiated knees up and the moody electro-funk of "Landomrader". Quality retro dancefloor vibes.
Review: Hot Digits enjoyed Kellini's last EP so much that they asked him to come back and this time he's brought fellow Norwegian Saskin S: who follows his The Game EP from last year. The two bring some serious heat with this bunch of energetic nu-disco cuts. Starting off with the neon-lit boogie of "Break A Leg" followed by the low slung groove of "In Doubt" which really takes things deep. It comes alongside remixes from rising Irish producer Stephen Richards, whose rendition of "In Doubt" gets some groovy summertime vibes happening (to get any decent Disco Stu in the mood) while Chewy Rubs' From The Deep dub of "Resaca" takes things down a darker and headier route: which would be perfect for late night mood lighting on the dancefloor.
Review: Barely a fortnight has passed since Kimo delivered his second fine E.P for Paper Recordings, and already he's back in action. This time round he's pitched up on Hot Digits, serving up more nu-Balearic treats for DJs who like their music glistening, sun-kissed and atmospheric. Opener "Haven" - where brilliant jazz guitar passages jostle for position with rich bass and new age inspired synths - is undoubtedly one of the Indonesian producer's strongest tracks to date, though the trippy "Sky Burned" and Tangerine Dream influenced "Shades" are not far behind. There are also remixes from Goldboy - bass-heavy nu-disco/deep house fusion - and label boss Fingerman, whose Detroit Beatdown-inspired rework of "Haven" is simply magical.
Review: We've come accustomed to Kiu D delivering warm, groovy, floor-friendly music that blurs the boundaries between re-editing, remixing, and original production. He's at it again on this first outing for Fingerman's Hot Digits imprint. The EP's four original tracks utilize big chunks of killer old soul, funk, disco and jazz-funk jams, but combine these elements with chunky house beats and woozy deep house flourishes. This is arguably best exemplified on the tactile, sun-kissed swing of "I'm In Your Life" and surging, solo heavy "Jazz or Funk". The package is completed by two tasty reworks: a bass-heavy disco-house revision of "I'm In Your Life" by Voodoo Whiskey, and Twisted Soul Collective's righteous, party disco remix of "Jazz or Funk".
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: Having previously appeared on Masterworks Music, Outernational and Whiskey Disco, Tomas Malo should be a familiar name to those who closely follow the house-centric side of the disco re-edit scene. Here, he pops up on Fingerman's Hot Digits imprint with a quartet of tasty treats. While the more '80s soul inclined loop jams "Like The Sun" and "Talk of Love" - the latter giving an aural nod to Tiger and Woods - are fine dancefloor cuts, it's the EP's other two tracks that really sparkle. "Slave" is a killer, metronomic rework of the band of the same name featuring a killer bassline, while opener "Body Magick" - our pick - boasts an attractive filter-heavy, French touch style disco-house swagger.
Review: Massimo Vanoni hails from Mantua in the north of Italy and pushes proper disco edits that you'll really dig. "Funky Sensation" while "Wake Up Dead Man" is said to be a working song from a Texas prison recorded in 1965. There's two versions of "I See You" a funky and soulful disco house makeover but "Fingerman's Disco Odyssey Re-edit" is the most authentic sounding one like the original. We could tell you who he sampled here, but you'll soon find out! "For Your Deeper Love" serves up one more loopy soul-funk hoedown for you all.