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Hot-stepping into the disco jungle, Hot Gorilla Records provide disco for funky monkeys!
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Stop Dancing EP
Stop Dancing (original mix) - (7:35) 120 BPM
Stop Dancing (radio edit) - (3:19) 120 BPM
Stop Dancing (Andy Buchan remix) - (6:42) 124 BPM Hot
Shake Your Body (original mix) - (7:40) 123 BPM
Review: Two big names of the contemporary disco scene join forces, with predictably fine results. There'll be no forgetting 'Stop Dancing' once you've heard it, thanks to its highly distinctive spoken female vocal ("If the music stops playing/I won't stop dancing/If my friends all go home/I'll stay and dance"). On the Original Mix and Radio Edit, said vocal sits atop a Madhouse-esque chopped n' rollin' guitar groove, augmented by trumpets and strings, while Andy Buchan ups the dancefloor ante with big, bold slap bass and tuffer kicks. The more authentically 70s-sounding groover 'Shake Your Body' completes a strong package.
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HGR 047
24 May 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
Choir EP
Don't Forget (About Me) - (6:39) 116 BPM
Get Lucky - (6:15) 116 BPM Hot
Burning Down The House - (5:40) 103 BPM
Review: Leeds' own disco don Andy Buchan returns to Hot Gorilla with an EP consisting of what are, essentially, three nu disco-fied cover versions - specifically, his takes on 'Don't You (Forget About Me)' by Simple Minds, 'Get Lucky' by Daft Punk and 'Burning Down The House' by Talking Heads. But there's a twist - as the EP title suggests, each of those covers has been augmented by the employment of a full choir on vocal duties. It's an approach that may prove a bit 'Marmite' (for this writer, the treatment works best on 'Get Lucky') but it certainly makes a change from endless re-edits...
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HGR 046
05 Apr 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
Slow Push EP
Give Me - (6:08) 120 BPM Hot
Slow Push It Baby - (7:14) 120 BPM
Review: We have no idea who Paul DaSoul is, and Hot Gorilla is dropping this two-tracker (seemingly his debut) with no fanfare, fuss or information of any sort. What we can tell you, though, is that it's an extremely strong first outing, funkier than yoghurt that's been left out of the sun for six days, and thoroughly dancefloor ready. Check first 'Give Me', a driving, thickset and deliciously Clavinet-heavy workout that seemingly beefs up, rearranges and expands on a P-funk era dancefloor gem (complete with eyes-closed lead vocals, heady horns and rubbery bass), before admiring the subtly tooled-up, house set-friendly electrofunk workout that is 'Slow Push It Baby'. To borrow an old DJ cliche, this really is "all killer, no filler".
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HGR 045
23 Feb 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
Hot Gorilla Records Best Of 2023
Various
Dexter Jones - "Space Sister" (original mix) - (5:40) 120 BPM
Andy Buchan - "Shake What You Got" (original mix) - (6:01) 122 BPM
Groovemasta - "Get Your Love" (original mix) - (6:14) 121 BPM
Solazz - "Lover's Boogie" (original mix) - (6:19) 115 BPM
Harlem Dance Club - "Take My Hand" (original mix) - (5:40) 120 BPM Hot
Fray Bentos - "No Lies" (original mix) - (8:08) 120 BPM
OR & Z'Maji - "You've Been On My Mind" (Andy Buchan remix) - (6:06) 126 BPM
Pete Whiteley - "Feels So Good" (original mix) - (5:55) 123 BPM
Harlem Dance Club - "Afterglow" (original mix) - (6:16) 125 BPM
Solazz - "Blow Your Mind" (original mix) - (7:27) 121 BPM
Review: Hot Gorilla Records, self-styled purveyors of "disco for funky monkeys", has enjoyed a very successful 2023 - as this timely round-up of the imprint's finest moments of the year emphatically proves. Check first the summery, party-starting disco-goes-house joy of Dexter Jones' 'Space Sister', before admiring the horn-heavy, edit-not-edit excellence of Andy Buchan's 'Shake What You Got' and the Brenda Taylor-sampling boogie-meets-nu-disco fusion of 'Lovers Boogie' by Solazz. Highlights elsewhere across the compilation include the 21st century disco-funk of Harlem Dance Club's 'Shake a Hand', the eyes-closed peak-time rush of Fray Bentos' 'No Lies', and the rolling, effects-laden hedonism of 'Feels So Good' by Pete Whitely.
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HGR 044
22 Dec 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Take My Hand
Take My Hand (original mix) - (5:40) 120 BPM Hot
Take My Hand (Andy Buchan remix) - (6:43) 124 BPM
Take My Hand (Stewart Birch remix) - (5:54) 122 BPM
Take My Hand (radio edit) - (3:00) 120 BPM
Review: Dutch producer Ruud Ruijter, AKA Harlem Dance Club, returns to Hot Gorilla with a brand new jam that's served up in your choice of three dancefloor mixes, plus a Radio Edit. In its Original form, 'Take My Hand' has something of an early 80s feel and is powered along by a walking funk b-line and guitar chops, married to heavily treated vox and the occasional brass fanfare. The remix from UK stalwart Andy Buchan ups the tempo a notch and takes us into housier pastures, while Stewart Birch heads in the opposite direction and serves up a smoother, boogie-oriented pass that just nudges it for this writer.
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HGR 043
29 Sep 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
You've Been On My Mind
OR feat Z'Maji
OR & Z'Maji - "You've Been On My Mind" (original mix) - (5:23) 117 BPM
OR & Z'Maji - "You've Been On My Mind" (Andy Buchan remix) - (6:06) 126 BPM Hot
OR, Ali Mustafa & Zoha Zuberi - "You Are Mine" (2023 edit) - (6:34) 122 BPM
Review: London-based French duo OR have numerous releases under their belts for the likes of Hot Gorilla, Rare Wiri, Kraak, ChessBoard Music and Manuel Costela's 2phonic Recordings. Here they team up for a third time with Houston-based vocalist Z'Maji on a track that, in its original form, is a midtempo, soul-leaning affair with grown-up pop appeal. Andy Buchan's remix is probably the better bet for dancefloor play, though, as the Leeds stalwart puts the jazz in nu-disco, while the EP's completed by a 2023 edit of 'You Are Mine', a sumptuous lil' groover that first dropped last year and features a lush female vocal from Pakistan's Zoha Zuberi
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HGR 042
01 Sep 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
No Lies EP
No Lies - (8:08) 120 BPM Hot
Most Nights - (7:24) 123 BPM
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HGR 041
28 Jul 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Shake What You Got
Shake What You Got - (6:01) 122 BPM Hot
Living It Up - (6:22) 121 BPM
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HGR 040
07 Jul 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Get Your Love
Get Your Love - (6:14) 121 BPM
Peanut Boogie - (6:05) 121 BPM Hot
Review: If it's high-steppin' disco with da funk in full effect you're after, this two-tracker from Bulgaria's Groovemasta should be right up your alley. 'Get Your Love' itself is a reworking of The Strikers' 'Inch By Inch' from 1981, which leads us to suspect that 'Peanut Boogie' is also a re-edit - but if so we couldn't tell you what of. And no, it's neither 'Peanut Butter' by Gwen Guthrie, nor the Twennynine/Lenny White cut of the same name. Regardless of origin, though, it's a rawer funk jam than the title track and as such provides a pleasing contrast - but rest assured, either track will get 'em moving for sure.
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HGR 039
09 Jun 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Lover's Boogie
Lover's Boogie (original mix) - (6:19) 115 BPM Hot
Wrapped Funk (original mix) - (6:20) 120 BPM
Lover's Boogie (Even Funkier remix) - (5:17) 112 BPM
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HGR 038
19 May 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Space Sister
Space Sister - (5:40) 120 BPM Hot
Gorilla Groove - (5:00) 120 BPM
Review: Irish producer Dexter Jones' production CV reads like a Who's Who of modern disco labels, with outings on Midnight Riot, Rare Wiri, Hot Digits and Discoholics Anonymous, among others. Now, he puts another notch in that impressive bedpost thanks to this nifty little two-tracker for Hot Gorilla. 'Space Sister' is up first, a sprightly, fluttery disco roller with insistent piano chords and a chorus'd female "one more time" vocal that loops pretty much throughout - hold back till peaktime for maximum euphoric effect. The accompanying 'Gorilla Groove', by way of contrast, drops down into a dirtier, funkier groove but is just as irresistible.
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HGR 037
28 Apr 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Afterglow EP
Afterglow (original mix) - (6:16) 125 BPM Hot
Afterglow (radio edit) - (3:25) 125 BPM
Lost In My Head (original mix) - (6:34) 120 BPM
Played by: Andy Buchan, Ben Jamin
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HGR 036
31 Mar 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Feels So Good EP
Feels So Good - (5:55) 123 BPM
Need You There - (6:01) 124 BPM Hot
Review: Sometime Disco Balls Records regular Pete Whiteley brings his brand of colourful, funk-fuelled nu-disco to Hot Gorilla for the first time. Like many of the label's releases, there are two strong tracks on offer. Title track 'Feels So Good' is a vibrant, sun-splased, life-affirming chunk of disco-house cheeriness whose (played, not sampled) synth-strings, looped guitar licks, bass and synth sounds all subtly doff a cap to different disco and boogie cuts from the past. The results are unashamedly positive, floor-friendly and ear-pleasing. The hands-aloft fun continues on 'Need You There', where sustained organ chords, rubbery bass guitar, clipped Nile Rodgers style guitars and (synth horns) combine on another nu-disco-goes-disco-house treat.
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HGR 035
10 Mar 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Blow Your Mind
Blow Your Mind (original mix) - (7:27) 121 BPM Hot
Blow Your Mind (Andy Buchan Brassmonkeys remix) - (6:49) 123 BPM
Review: Two mixes to choose from of this latest cut from Spanish disco stalwart Oscar Albaladejo, AKA Solazz, which is brought to you by UK label Hot Gorilla. In its Original form, 'Blow Your Mind' sits neatly on the funk/disco cusp, and a little bit of digging reveals it to in fact be a reworking of 'Be Yourself', a track taken from the 1977 debut album by UK outfit Eruption. The accompanying Brassmonkeys Remix from Andy Buchan gives the track something of a Dave Lee-esque disco-house makeover and brings the sparkling horns further to the fore while, lyrically, the track urges us to be ourselves, and not go round telling people we work for the CIA... so if you've been doing that, stop it!
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HGR 034
03 Feb 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
You Are Mine
You Are Mine (extended mix) - (5:44) 123 BPM
You Are Mine (Disco mix) - (6:36) 120 BPM Hot
You Are Mine (radio edit) - (3:18) 120 BPM
You Are Mine (Andy Buchan remix) - (6:31) 123 BPM
Review: Sometime Spa Club and Kraak contributor OR returns to action via a first single on Hot Gorilla. Featuring guest appearances from Ali Mustafa and Zoha Zuberi, 'You Are Mine' - which is arguably best enjoyed in the EP-opening 'Extended Mix' form - is a bouncy chunk of nu-disco/piano house fusion peppered in life-affirming riffs, chunky bass and sinewy synth strings. The funky and fresh 'Disco Mix', which pitches down the tempo a touch, adds cowbells and replaces the bassline with a more organic-sounding one, is also impressive, while Andy Buchan's revision offers the best of both worlds - think funky disco bass, warming chords, snappy beats and more prominent strings.
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HGR 033
16 Dec 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Dance
Dance - (5:27) 95 BPM
Hold On Me - (5:36) 103 BPM Hot
Review: Liverpool lad Benjamin Winstanley AKA Ben Jamin returns to Hot Gorilla with two mid-paced funk groovers. Whether these are original productions or re-edits isn't entirely clear, but both feature very strong female vocals with an earthy, almost country-ish feel - think Tina Turner or Ann Peebles. 'Dance' rides a swampy backbeat with a "dance to the music" chorus (nothing to do with the Sly Stone song) while 'Hold On Me' is just a touch lighter on its feet and has a chorus that says "I really gotta get a hold on me". Both will play best on floors that like their disco on the funkier side.
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HGR 032
25 Nov 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
I Got The Groove
I Got The Groove (HDC's 80's mix) - (6:29) 114 BPM
I Got The Groove (DiCE_NZ Stole Tha Groove remix) - (5:34) 115 BPM Hot
I Got The Groove (DiCE_NZ Stole Tha Groove radio edit) - (3:42) 115 BPM
Review: A native of Haarlem in the Netherlands rather than northern Manhattan, Harlem Dance Club comes to Hot Gorilla with a solid contemporary disco jam here. Serving as the 'original' is HDC's 80s Mix, a bottom-heavy groover that marries boogie-like synths to a Zapp-esque vocodered vocal, with a lil' 70s funk bass thrown in for good measure. A brace of remixes come from Kiwi wunderkind DiCE_NZ, whose Stole The Groove Remix is a tad more stripped-back and considerably lighter on its feet, and comes accompanied by a matching Radio Edit. HDC's rub just nudges it for yours truly, but it's good to have options!
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HGR 031
04 Nov 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Don't Stop
Don't Stop (original mix) - (6:48) 119 BPM Hot
Don't Stop (C. Da Afro remix) - (5:44) 127 BPM
Review: Spain's Oscar Albaladejo AKA Solazz comes to Hot Gorilla with a simple two-tracker here. 'Don't Stop', in its Original form, sits on the disco/boogie cusp, with distinctly 80s-sounding synths married to a nice chunky walking bassline and a boogie-style male "don't stop until the morning comes" vocal. So effectively does it recapture the sound and feel of that era, in fact, that it feels almost churlish to say that it's C Da Afro's beefed-up and slightly pacier remix that's probably got the most instant dancefloor appeal. But we'll leave track selection up to you: either's good, so you pays your money and you makes your choice!
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HGR 030
14 Oct 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
4 In The Morning (Monsieur Van Pratt Re Groove)
4 In The Morning (Monsieur Van Pratt Re Groove) - (5:56) 120 BPM
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HGR FREE
19 Aug 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
2nd Birthday Compilation
Various
Havana Hustlers - "Aint Loving Me" - (5:03) 118 BPM
Jet Boot Jack - "Keep It Up" - (7:35) 128 BPM
Solazz - "Blaze The Party" - (6:21) 122 BPM
Fray Bentos - "Stormy Nights" - (5:56) 124 BPM
Saint Voleur - "Shine" - (5:30) 120 BPM
Andy Buchan - "The House That Funk Built" - (5:36) 100 BPM Hot
Shalvoy - "Beautiful2Strangers" - (5:10) 112 BPM
Belabouche - "Feedback Brother" - (6:49) 120 BPM
Even Funkier - "Those Were The Times We Had" - (5:59) 103 BPM
OR - "It's About Your Touch" - (5:36) 122 BPM
Review: UK label Hot Gorilla reach the terrible twos and celebrate with a 10-track compilation that's packed with fine contemporary disco, funk, soul and boogie vibes. If you're looking for highlights, then Havana Hustlers' opener rocks a b-line that somehow manages to recall both 'Lovely Day' and 'Boogie Nights', Fray Bentos makes great use of a classic Afrika Bambaataa sample on 'Stormy Nights', while Andy Buchan's 'The House That Funk Built' plunders Aretha to equally powerful effect and Solazz's 'Blaze The Party' is a boogie-tastic delight. But there are six more quality jams where those came from, from Even Funkier's Patrice Rushen-biting 'Those Were The Times' to the jazz-funk inflections of Shalvoy's 'Beautiful2Strangers'.
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HGR 029
19 Aug 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Still Missing EP
Still Missing (original mix) - (7:37) 120 BPM Hot
Still Missing (Chewy Rubs Out Of Space remix) - (5:58) 121 BPM
Still Missing (Conan The Selector remix) - (6:15) 124 BPM
Still Missing (Somethin' Sanctified remix) - (6:28) 60 BPM
Review: EBTG's 'Missing' is a long-time personal fave that this writer is loathe to see mucked about with, but Fray Bentos and mic-bothering partner-in-crime Katty Heath manage to get away with it here! The Original Mix is a fairly straight-up cover (but without Tracey Thorn singing) so it's up to the remixes to do the heavy lifting, with Chewy Rubs turning in a fat-assed, tribal-tinged workout for 3am floors while Conan The Selector opts for a lighter touch that could find favour with soulful house and nu-disco buyers alike, before the Somethin' Sanctified rub takes us into Balearic pastures but brings a 303-like bassline along for the ride.
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HGR 028
24 Jun 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Freq Again
Shack Up - (5:55) 116 BPM Hot
Rock Me - (5:04) 118 BPM
Review: UK veteran Pete Le Freq gets out the razorblades and Selotape and serves up a brace of re-edits for Hot Gorilla. First under the scalpel is Banbarra's 'Shack Up' from 1975 (as covered by post-punk faves A Certain Ratio later on) - the treatment here is so reverential it's hard to say exactly what the re-edit does differently, but the original was always a stone-cold cert so this should be too! 'Rock Me', meanwhile, revisits 'Rock Me Again & Again & Again & Again & Again & Again', a 1974 single by Lyn Collins of 'Think (About It)' fame. Funk-tastic!
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HGR 027
29 Apr 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
I'm A Player
I'm A Player (original mix) - (5:23) 126 BPM
I'm A Player (Andy Buchan remix) - (6:11) 124 BPM Hot
Review: Harlem Dance Club's previous outing on Hot Gorilla, 2021's 'You Gotta Feel It', giddily blurred the boundaries between nu-disco and revivalist '70s funk. 'I'm a Player', his equally as impressive follow-up, cannily combines the Dutch producer's funk leanings with a thrilling bassline, echoing sax snippets, delay-laden spoken word samples, righteous horn blasts and smooth house drums. It's really good all told and manages to be both energy-packed and pleasingly groovy. Hot Gorilla co-founder Andy Buchan provides the obligatory remix, delivering a weighty, bass-heavy house take that adds hands-aloft piano riffs to Harlem Dance Club's already addictive musical mix.
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HGR 026
08 Apr 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Dance With Me EP
Dance With Me - (6:46) 110 BPM
Basement Funk - (6:33) 117 BPM Hot
Nite Walking - (6:38) 108 BPM
Review: Three very serviceable disco jams here from Andy Buchan, a UK producer who, to be fair, can usually be relied upon to come up with the goods. Whether these tracks are best described as re-edits or simply sample-based productions is debatable, but 'Dance With Me' lifts chunks from Peter Brown and Betty Wright's 1977 TK Disco cut of the same name, while 'Basement Funk' revisits the bassline from Ver Jaxx's millennium anthem 'Red Alert'. As for 'Nite Walking', it's a string- and sax-drenched midtempo affair with a suitably hazy, Qaalude-infused kinda feel, and really rather sumptuous.
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HGR 025
18 Mar 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Slender Trippin' EP
Long And Slender - (5:30) 115 BPM Hot
I Been Trippin' - (4:47) 116 BPM
Review: A no-nonsense disco two-tracker here from the modestly named Even Funkier, coming to you courtesy of Andy Buchan and Conan The Selector's Hot Gorilla label. 'Long And Slender', with its innuendo-dripping lyric about bananas, is clearly a re-edit of something - of exactly what we're not sure, but if strutty, uptempo, early-80s-ish disco grooves are what floats your boat then it probably deserves a place in your box for the next little while. 'Long And Slender' comes accompanied by 'I Been Trippin', another re-edit that draws on unidentified sources, this time coming from the rawer, funkier side of the street.
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HGR 024
25 Feb 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Get The Vibe
Get The Vibe - (5:31) 123 BPM
Ain't That A Dub - (6:09) 122 BPM Hot
Review: Contemporary funk and disco stalwart C. Da Afro returns with a two-tracker on Hot Gorilla. The Greek producer seldom disappoints and he certainly doesn't here, serving up two authentic-sounding slices of 70s nostalgia. 'Get The Vibe' is a sumptuous, rolling affair replete with horns, strings and female vocal harmonies, while the accompanying 'Ain't That A Dub' isn't a dub of the title track but rather an entirely separate, near-instrumental piece with hints of high-life and African jazz. Opt for the first track when you want to fill the dancefloor in hurry, or the latter when you have a venue full of self-styled 'headz' to entertain...
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HGR 023
04 Feb 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Take Me Up
Take Me Up (original mix) - (7:09) 124 BPM Hot
Take Me Up (The Magic Track remix) - (6:32) 120 BPM
Review: Manchester house veteran Hussey and his now Canada-based partner-in-crime Jamie Van Goulden both began their careers in the 90s, so it's no surprise that they should mine the sounds of that era for inspiration on this latest joint outing. No, the revelation here is the sadly uncredited female vocal: we may not know who it is singing but her voice has a rich, Crystal Waters-ish lustre that makes 'Take Me Up' stand out head-and-shoulders above a hundred similarly-styled tracks that let themselves down with weak, reedy vox. Choose between the uplifting, podium-friendly feel of the Original or the deeper, more sultry vibes of the Magic Track Remix.
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HGR 022
17 Dec 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
You Gotta Feel It
You Gotta Feel It (original mix) - (6:23) 114 BPM
You Gotta Feel It (Mannix Feels The Funk remix) - (6:24) 120 BPM Hot
Move Your Body (original mix) - (5:45) 123 BPM
Review: Dutch veteran Harlem Dance Club, who's been DJing since the early 70s and remixing since the mid-80s, comes to Conan The Selector and Andy Buchan's Hot Gorilla label. 'You Gotta Feel It' itself, in its Original form, is a smooth and soulful affair that sits somewhere between nu disco and the 'new old' soul and funk of artists like Smoove & Turrell or Speedometer, while the accompanying Mannix Feels The Funk Remix pumps up the bass and takes us closer to soulful house territory. Completing the package is 'Move Your Body', which sits more firmly under the disco-house umbrella and features some fine Hammond licks as well as Mad Stuntman-like ragga shouts.
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HGR 021
26 Nov 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Comin' 2 Ya
Comin' 2 Ya (original mix) - (7:16) 122 BPM
Comin' 2 Ya (Uptown Funk remix) - (6:40) 124 BPM Hot
Comin' 2 Ya (Belabouche remix) - (7:46) 122 BPM
Review: Newcastle's Stewart Birch describes the music he makes as "mostly nu-disco, electro, synth-pop and soulful house". This EP for Andy Buchan and Conan The Selector's Hot Gorilla label, though, finds him firmly in disco-house mode - think early 90s Dave Lee meets Brass Construction and you're in roughly the right ballpark. The Original and Uptown Funk rubs are pretty similar in sound and style, but the latter beefs up the bottom end a little; a more radical reworking comes from Italy's Belabouche, who adds Latin and jazz flourishes in a mix that's a tad lighter on its feet.
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HGR 020
12 Nov 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
The Magic EP
Magic Music - (5:41) 120 BPM
In My Mind - (6:11) 110 BPM Hot
Played by: Andy Buchan
Review: Greek producer J.B. Boogie comes to Hot Gorilla with a couple of nifty lil' re-edits here. 'Magic Music' is a re-working of Karen Young's 1983 boogie gem 'You Don't Know What You Got', complete with nice squelchy bassline, 80s-sounding stabs and synth-strings and soaring sax wails, while 'In My Mind' reaches back a little further in time to plunder Archie Bell & The Drells' string-drenched 1979 Philly International cut 'Strategy'. The man from Athens takes a very light-touch approach to both, meaning if you already own the originals you could just play those: if you don't, though, these two'll do just fine!
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HGR 019
29 Oct 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
What About EP
Peg - (7:24) 118 BPM Hot
What About - (5:36) 123 BPM
Review: A couple of tasty re-edits here from UK veteran Pete Le Freq. First to get the treatment is Steely Dan's 'Peg'. A widely acknowledged classic, 'Peg' has cropped up in enough house ad disco sets over the years that we can safely say a re-edit wasn't strictly 'necesssary'; if it's gonna get one, though, then the man from York is a safe pair of hands and his lightly looped take offers a refreshing alternative to the original. Perhaps the more essential of the two cuts, though, is 'What About', a jaunty lil' funker that loops up a familiar but infuriatingly unidentified male vocal.
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HGR 018
15 Oct 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Lost
Lost (Andy Buchan Disco remix) - (6:11) 120 BPM Hot
Lost (Andy Buchan dub remix) - (6:12) 122 BPM
Review: Serious disco fire here if you're lucky enough to get your hands on a copy through the inspired indie dance and disco vocals of one "Elara"! Full of balearic brilliance and hopeful strains of dancefloor desire, the sustained flux of the vocal loops in "Elara" hit all those deep spots. With funky disco instrumentals allowed to play on top, it's all about the hit-notes of the track's takeaway chorus! A real roof raiser! And for those who for some reason don't want a vocal, there's always the dub. The sound of London!
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HGR 017
01 Oct 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Follow You
Follow You (original mix) - (6:04) 125 BPM
Follow You (Conan The Selector remix) - (6:36) 125 BPM Hot
Follow You (Andy Buchan remix) - (5:43) 112 BPM
Review: Jon Fitz, of Herd & Fitz and Bodyrockers fame, teams up with the mysterious Mr Brown and vocalist Ella Bridge to bring us an uplifting, uptempo disco-houser that wouldn't have sounded out of place on one of Hed Kandi's 'Disco Kandi' compilations. The original mix should already be a dancefloor cert thanks to its combination of a decidedly Stardust-esque guitar riff and a classy vocal performance from Ms Bridge, but just to be on the safe side we also get remixes from Conan The Selector (stripped-back but with added sax) and Andy Buchan (slower, sleazier, funkier).
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HGR 016
03 Sep 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
4am In The Funkin' Mornin'
4am In The Funkin' Morning (original mix) - (6:15) 117 BPM
4am In The Funkin' Morning (Monsieur Van Pratt remix) - (5:56) 120 BPM Hot
4am In The Funkin' Morning (Conan The Selector remix) - (5:54) 114 BPM
Review: Hailing originally from Nottingham but now based in Leeds, Akeem Raphael serves up a very serviceable contemporary disco-funker, dripping in squelchy geetar and topped with a spoken word vocal that a little Googling reveals to be sampled from a Black Girls Rock! award acceptance speech by US actor Angela Bassett. Monsieur Van Pratt's remix ups the tempo a notch, adds some jaunty lil' sax parps and tones down the guitar a little, allowing the bassline to shine through, while label boss Conan The Selector adds his own remix, a slightly more stripped-back variation on the theme.
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HGR 015
23 Jul 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Baby I'm Not Sure
Baby I'm Not Sure (original mix) - (6:15) 123 BPM
Baby I'm Not Sure (Bustin' Loose remix) - (5:44) 123 BPM
Baby I'm Not Sure (Stephen Richards remix) - (6:59) 120 BPM Hot
Review: Leeds disco don Andy Buchan returns to his own Hot Gorilla label with a cut that in its Original form blends nu-disco and house influences, its walking disco b-line, handclaps and full-throated female vocal married to sprightly, plinky-plonk pianos. Remix duties are taken care of by a brace of equally respected contemporaries, with London's Bustin' Loose taking things slightly deeper and adding some nice squelchy synth action and string sweeps, while Ireland's Stephen Richards drops the tempo and tones down the housier elements on a rub that leans just a little bit closer to traditional disco and funk.
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HGR 014
18 Jun 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Sweaty Baboon EP
Feline Manhunt (original mix) - (6:49) 120 BPM Hot
Let It Dazz (dub) - (7:01) 125 BPM
Review: Pete Le Freq has contributed tracks and EPs to countless labels in recent years - Spa in Disco, Alpaca Edits and Rare Wiri included - but never before has he appeared on the fast-rising Hot Gorilla imprint. He's predictably brought his A-game, delivering two killer edits-not-edits packed with party-starting grooves and rush-inducing builds and drops. 'Feline Manhunt' turns a quirky, leftfield disco classic into a bouncy, rubbery, filter-sporting treat full of cut-glass strings, quirky anglicised European vocals and elastic bass, while 'Let it Dazz (Dub)' delivers a largely instrumental, stripped-back take on a seriously squelchy, mid-'80s electrofunk treat by Cleveland's finest funk outfit.
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HGR 013
28 May 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Long Time (Original Mix)
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HGR 012
14 May 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Starlight
Starlight (original mix) - (6:15) 126 BPM Hot
Starlight (Conan's Rhodes dub mix) - (6:13) 126 BPM
Starlight (Toby O'Connor dub mix) - (5:54) 125 BPM
Starlight (Toby O'Connor instrumental) - (5:51) 126 BPM
Review: Hot Gorilla's latest must-check missive brings together two rising stars of the nu-disco and edit scenes: label regular Conan The Selector and sometime Tropical Disco, Super Spicy and Disco Balls contributor Toby O'Connor. In its' original form, 'Starlight' is a sparkling slab of anthemic nu-disco that combines 21st century synths and classic disco instrumentation with a stellar lead vocal from guest singer Sulene Fleming. Bold, celebratory and exciting, we expect to hear it lots when British clubs reopen later in the year. Also impressive are the solo dub mixes offered up by each of the producers. First Conan The Selector delivers a deliciously low-slung disco revision rich in rubbery bass, tipsy trumpet solos and Chic style guitar licks, before O'Connor smartly emphasises the beats and bass.
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HGR 011
30 Apr 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Evol Lady
Evol Lady (original mix) - (6:46) 122 BPM
Review: Less than a month has passed since Andy Buchan's last outings - an expansive EP on Hot Digits and a single-tracker on Hot Gorilla - and he's already back in action. We're not complaining though, because Buchan has been one of the most consistent producers in the modern disco scene for some time now. 'Evol Lady' is bouncy, positive, cheery and life-affirming, with Buchan making great use of sparkling, house style piano riffs, squally sax solos, chunky house beats and undulating orchestral samples lifted from a familiar disco record. It's a genuine hands-in-the-air affair that's bound to get people going out on the dancefloor when music festivals return this summer.
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HGR 010
19 Mar 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Funkin' Chunkin'
Funkin' Chunkin' (original mix) - (5:14) 120 BPM
Funkin' Chunkin' (Andy Buchan French Touch remix) - (6:15) 121 BPM Hot
Funkin' Chunkin' (Boogietraxx remix) - (5:49) 120 BPM
Review: What we have here is the first-ever release from Akeem Raphael Broderick, a DJ, producer and promoter who hails from Nottingham but is the main man behind Leeds club night Velvet. His original mix of the aptly-titled 'Funkin' Chunkin'' - the pick for yours truly - is a pleasingly beefy funk groove with multiple competing vocal samples and plenty of heft in the >300Hz department, Hot Gorilla boss Andy Buchans' French Touch Remix isn't the filter-fest you'd expect but instead tuffens up the drums and pushes the sax and keys to the fore, while finally Texas's Boogietraxx provides a slightly more stripped n' shufflin' alternate pass.
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HGR 009
05 Mar 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Basement Beats
Basement Beats (original mix) - (6:28) 119 BPM
Review: A single-tracker here from Leeds lad Andy Buchan, who's known for releases on Peppermint Jam, Audaz, Rare Wiri, Chopshop, Spa In Disco and Midnight Riot, among other well-respected labels, as well as his many re-edits. 'Basement Beats' is a rolling, party-hearty funk/soul cut with something of a late 60s feel, and centres around a looped female vocal snip saying "down, down, down" (or something very similar) atop scorching Hammonds and rinky-tink pianos, with a couple more vocal snips accompanying the breakdown around the four-minute mark. Simple stuff, perhaps, but it's groovy, baby... it's outta sight!
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HGR 008
19 Feb 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Sweet & Savoury EP
Dunn's Groove - (7:31) 120 BPM
Obsession - (7:21) 120 BPM Hot
Friends - (4:47) 124 BPM
Review: Fray Bentos, AKA Adam Billingham, cut his teeth on the Midlands' deep house free party circuit. These days, after 15 years in London, he's down in Brighton playing soul, funk and hip-hop, but on this EP for Hot Gorilla he serves up three disco-house/nu-disco cuts. 'Dunn's Groove' might be a bit Marmite thanks to its ear-piercing synths (you'll want a decent set of speakers for this one or it all turns to mush!) but 'Obsession' is a solid slice of soulful/disco house with some cool stabs, while the string-drenched 'Friends' is the most authentically 70s-sounding cut and, to these ears, the EP's clear standout.
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HGR 007
05 Feb 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Your Love
Your Love (Creative Sauce edit) - (6:07) 110 BPM
Can't Hide (J Biss edit) - (6:38) 103 BPM Hot
Review: After previous releases on such acclaimed disco labels as Spa In Disco, Rare Wiri, Midnight Riot, Paper Disco and Audaz, Leeds native Andy Buchan (alongside partner-in-crime Conan The Selector) set up his own Hot Gorilla imprint earlier this year. This sixth EP from the label sees him providing two very authentically late 70s-sounding gems, with 'Your Love' a hazy, lazy affair that sports a sensual, breathy female vocal and some understated house-y pianos, while 'Can't Hide' is a more funk-oriented, Latin-tinged near-instrumental cut whose sampled female vocal is buried deep in the mix.
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HGR 006
06 Nov 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Voodoo Disco
Voodoo Disco (original mix) - (6:47) 118 BPM Hot
Voodoo Disco (Jet Boot Jack remix) - (7:10) 118 BPM
Voodoo Disco (Funk Edwards remix) - (8:01) 122 BPM
Review: More hot-to-trot heaviness from Andy Buchan, one of the nu-disco scene's genuine rising stars. In keeping with his other recent outings on Hot Gorilla, "Voodoo Disco" is a funky and forthright affair, with hard-wired, energy-packed Clavinet motifs, sampled female vocals, swelling strings and bubbly electronic lead lines leaping above an electro-tinged beat. Jet Boot Jack delivers a far funkier version rich in stomping drums, Chic style bass and guitars, and a sprinkling of soul horns, while Funk Edwards cheekily re-imagines the track as a throbbing slab of Italo-disco-meets-nu-disco. Both reworks are excellent, though it's Buchan's original mix that we think hits home hardest.
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HGR 005
11 Sep 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Don't Do That EP
Don't Do That (J Cas edit) - (7:18) 119 BPM
Kosmick Funk (Rock Me Baby edit) - (6:55) 113 BPM Hot
Review: Andy Buchan's third EP in as many months on Hot Gorilla is another sweaty, celebratory treat, though we'd expect little less from one of nu-disco's genuine rising stars. This time round he's not serving up sizzling original productions, but rather two hot-to-trot re-edits that should appeal to all those who like their disco to sound weighty, funky and horn-heavy. He begins with "Don't Do That (J Cas Edit)", an energetic slab of party-heavy disco funk rich in wild sax lines, bumpin' house beats, ceaseless male group vocals and crunchy electric guitar licks, before dipping the tempo a little on the beatdown-goes-psychedelic funk haziness of "Kosmick Funk (Rock Me Baby Edit)". The latter is equally as heavy as its predecessor and arguably twice as hedonistic, despite its lolloping mid-tempo beats.
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HGR 004
14 Aug 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Kingfisher Funk EP
Kingfisher Funk (original mix) - (7:16) 117 BPM Hot
Kingfisher Funk (Reece Johnson remix) - (5:38) 125 BPM
Kingfisher Funk (Chewy Rubs reshuffle) - (7:37) 120 BPM
Review: In the past we've referred to Andy Buchan as one of nu-disco's rising stars. These days, he's well established, offering up tunes that regularly incorporate a wide range of influences whilst retaining the celebratory excitement associated with the contemporary disco scene. "Kingfisher Funk" sits somewhere between a re-edit and an original production, with Buchan reaching for humid, delay-laden horn samples, an Escort-esque revivalist disco groove, echoing female vocal snippets and just the right amount of trippy electronics. His fine original mix comes backed with two hot-to-trot reworks: a sped-up, filter-sporting disco house bumper from Reece Johnson, and a brighter, breezier dub disco style "reshuffle" from prolific producer Chewy Rubs.
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HGR 003
24 Jul 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
The Higher EP
Higher (original mix) - (6:58) 119 BPM
Higher (Conan The Selector Funk remix) - (6:50) 115 BPM
Higher (Fingerman's Old Skool rework) - (6:28) 120 BPM Hot
Review: Man of the moment Andy Buchan is back in action, transferring from Citizens of Vice to up-start imprint Hot Gorilla in order to release one of his strongest cuts to date. In its original form, "Higher" is a deliciously bouncy, sun-soaked and thrillingly positive affair. It sees Buchan pepper a baggy and bouncy Balearic disco groove with arms-raised old school piano stabs, colourful synth doodles and a handful of short vocal samples. It's undoubtedly celebratory, as are the accompanying remixes. Pal Conan The Selector brilliantly re-imagines "Higher" as a sweaty fusion of rolling disco house and low-slung, sax-sporting funk, while Fingerman explores similar sonic territory before re-tooling the track as a piano-heavy rave roller in its latter stages.
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HGR 002
12 Jun 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
The Goodnight EP
Goodnight (original mix) - (6:34) 118 BPM Hot
Goodnight (Andy Buchan remix) - (6:29) 121 BPM
Goodnight (Cuz Electric remix) - (5:41) 110 BPM
Review: If you're going to launch a label, it helps if the imprint's debut release is a doozy. Hot Gorilla have therefore smashed it out of the park with "The Goodnight EP", which comes courtesy of Arcade 82 member Mark Pickup under his increasingly familiar Conan The Selector alias. "Goodnight" is an infectious slab of good-time nu-disco rich in crunchy house drums, funky bass, life-affirming horns, Chic style guitars and ear-pleasing lead vocals from guest singer Sherie. Andy Buchan provides the first remix, beefing up the bottom end whilst giving greater prominence to Pickup's heady horns, before Cuz Electric brilliantly re-imagine the track as a synth-laden slab of 1980s NYC freestyle/mid-tempo electrofunk fusion.
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HGR 001
15 May 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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