Review: Experienced - read "prolific" - re-editor Alkalino has built his success around self-released vinyl and digital EPs, so it's a pleasant surprise to find him making a rare guest appearance on reliable rework imprint KAT. The three cuts here are undoubtedly amongst his strongest re-edits to date, too. Check, for example, the layered percussive pressure, razor-sharp horns and tongue-in-cheek vocals of "Make it Funky" (a rework of a familiar underground disco favourite) and the brilliant Afrobeat-goes-Afro-house bump of the even better "Lion of Kenya". Best of all, though, is "Drums of Kenya", a thrillingly heavy outing in which all manner of percussion sounds are layered atop a low-slung dub disco groove. It's early morning musical intoxication straight from the top shelf.
Review: Sweden's Beatconductor is a man who, by and large, only does Summer time. Hence we have not heard much from him during the winter months. Well, now those months have gone and he's back in the saddle with two more new installments of sunkissed joy. The vibe on "A Message Of Love" is of barely contained euphoria (he's clearly very happy that the sun's out) and features a chorus of gospel-tinged vocals and feel good piano disco. Conversely "Boogie Love" is a slow, slinky, bump n bass 70s smooch-fest that completes the EP perfectly.
Review: According to the label, Maximilian Blanc is a "French playboy" with a penchant for obscure cosmic disco. Here, he showcases both his crate digging and scalpel-wielding skills, delivering a quartet of high quality re-edits of largely unknown cosmic-era gems. He begins with "Cross Disco", a suitably bizarre, disco-rock hybrid blessed with weirdo organ solos, mad synth doodles, righteous bottom end and some deliriously high vocals. "Disco Papero" goes further into disco-funk territory, whilst retaining the madcap synths and thunderous bottom end of bizarre euro-rock, while "Blackpool Stardance" is a simmering, string-laden, Italo-influenced disco shuffler. As for the more Balearic closer "Goodbye Gaijin", it feels like vocoder-laden blue-eyed soul put through the cosmic disco ringer. In other words, it's an end of night treat.
Review: Having spent much of the last few years delivering killer re-edits on his own Giant Cuts label, experienced scalpel specialist Deadly Sins transfers to KAT with arguably his strongest EP to date. Opener "El Afro" is an impressively sweaty affair, with addictive clavinet lines, twittering flutes, undulating strings and sleazy saxophones riding a hustling groove. "Shave A Pair" delivers a trippy, life-affirming take on Crown Heights Affair, while Curtis Mayfield gets a makeover on the wonderfully evocative "Get Off My Sister". As for "Maryas Red Hot Groove", it turns a Mary Wilson disco/soul/funk jam into a rolling, rising dancefloor delight. Great edits are a rarity, but these are genuinely superb.
Review: Domu (aka Dominic Stanton) is/was a hero of the jazzy broken beat field, where he released albums and a plethora of singles for a variety of labels including Apparel Music, Compost and Papa Records. Back in 2009 he released ESP DJ Classics Vol 2: Domu's Disco Jazz, a collection of edits that was only available in Japan. Now the good folks at KAT have acquired two key tracks from the album for our listening pleasure. The Emotions' Love Vibes, is a gloriously celebratory disco-funk excursion, whilst Claudia Barry's Give It Up is tougher funk jam with echoes of Cheryl Lynn.
Review: One listen to the Hinge Project and it's clear that summer has certainly not ended for Florent F and Yo-One Sutter, whose new collaboration is all about the sun kissed good times. An unashamed homage to the 70s productions of Rinder & Lewis, and here on this homage we get four high-class disco edits. "Cocomotion 79" begins with the cries of seagulls, wave washes and dreamy Fender Rhodes vibes, "It's Your Last Chance" is elegant retro funk with breathy vocals and swirling strings, "Love Exciter" is a chilled groove interlude and we wrap-up with slick clavinet groove machine, "Coco Kane".
Review: Henri LeBlanc's 2015 debut album, House of Love, was something of an overlooked treat; a superb collection of sprightly, synth-heavy house, disco and hip-hop jams shot through with lashings of dusty soul. Here, the Aussie producer resurfaces on KAT with a quartet of primetime re-edits. There's naturally much to admire, from the P-funk-goes-house shuffle of opener "Thunder", and deep broken beat swing of "Country Churches", to the slick, organ-heavy, funk-meets-R&B stepper "Touch My Soul". As if that lot wasn't enough to get the juices flowing, he's also included an on-point Melba Moore rework ("Love's Comin").
Review: This EP marks a significant turning point for the KAT label, as it contains original material rather than their usual high-grade re-edits. Happily, it's rather good, with hard-working Croatian Ilija Rudman providing a trio of treats based around his own guitars, rubbery bass, and growing collection of vintage synthesizers. There's a heart-melting sweetness to the warm Adriatic breeze of opener "Just Remember" - all crisp guitars, synth-strings and head-nodding disco grooves - while "Never Forget" pairs Rudman's disco-funk guitars and cowbell hits with a seriously addictive bassline. As for "Once & For All", it sounds like a Balearic blend of loopy, organic house, string-laden Balearica and forgotten '80s synth-pop.
Review: Re-edit maestro Inxxxwel arrives with the first of presumably many Dancefloor Meditations. Not that he's crossing legs and chanting 'ommm' any time soon, nope he's opted to deliver four sparkly disco re-cuts that truly span whole worlds of style and taste. "Check It Out" is an intriguing slice of murky lo-fi Afro disco that sounds like a special eighth gen cassette secret that's been covertly passed into your hands. Elsewhere we get the raw Japanese punk-funk-pop of "I See You", it's all about disfigured 90s RnB on "Make Me" and finally the bright and shiny boogie stomp of "Old Fashioned".
Review: It's been a long 18 months since the release of Jonny Miller's last EP of reworks on KAT. Happily, this delayed follow-up is every bit as good as his previous re-edit releases, and boasts a trio of breezy, sun-flecked dancefloor workouts. He begins with the soul-soaked samba shuffle of "Half a Minute", where twinkling piano lines, snaking sax and sumptuous vocals ride a carnival-friendly warm-up groove, before moving towards deep house pastures on the deliciously hazy "Kalimba Tree" (think Andres covering "Brazilian Rhyme", and you're close). Best of all, though, is "Orere-Elejigbo", a deliciously dubbed-out Afro-Brazilian bumper full of chanted vocal lines, crisp guitar lines and rich, undulating bass.
Review: Given the quality of Jonny Miller's first JM Edits release on Kat last year, hopes are naturally high for this belated follow-up. Pleasingly, both tracks are stunning. A-side "What You Did" is particularly impressive, with Miller cutting up Chaka Khan's "What You Did", rearranging it, adding delays and subtly beefing up the bottom end to deliver a superb new take on a soulful disco gem. Miller takes a different approach on the flip, delivering a deliciously stretched-out version of Dionne's "Come & Get My Lovin", a 1988 house gem that was once an anthem at the Hacienda. Seemingly taking bits from both the dub and vocal versions, Miller turns in an anthem-like 10-minute reconstruction.
Review: Former GAMM man Jonny Miller pops up on the ever-reliable KAT Records imprint with a quartet of impressive reworks. Pleasingly, there's plenty of variety on show, too, with Miller dropping a smooth, slightly house-centric touch-up of Cesario Evoria's tropical classic "Angola" (previously re-made by Pepe Bradock and Carl Craig, fact fans) and a bustling, hard-hitting scalpel rearrangement of Warp 9's throbbing '83 electro classic "Light Years Away". There's also a hustling re-edit of People's Choice funk-rock jam "Cold Blooded" (with plenty of drum break action for the DJs) and, rather excitedly, a brilliant, floor-friendly reappraisal of Xavier Naidoo's obscure disco version of "That's The Way Love Is". Arguably, it's the EP's most thrilling moment; it's certainly the most soulful.
Review: On this fine collection of quirky but floor-friendly reworks, Russian re-editor Phil Gerus digs deep into his collection of obscure European dancefloor gems from the early 1980s. "Agent Yuri" is a supremely groovy rearrangement of a rolling boogie gem, with Gerus craftily switching between house style loop manipulation and extended passages from the obscure original track. "Mr Hero" sees Gerus take his scalpel to a fine chunk of guitar-wielding AOR/strobe-friendly Italo-disco fusion, along the way doffing a cap to Tiger & Woods, while "Be My Lova" tastefully shuffles around elements from an eccentric chunk of skewed, disco-era synth-pop.
Review: KAT's latest batch of hot-to-trot edits comes from Aussie DJ Stephen King under the freshly minted Virgo Type alias. He begins with "Can't Get it Out of My Head", a sublime soul rub full of slick, R&B style vocals, jaunty synth bass and shuffling, almost two-step style drums. On "Dancing Heart", King peppers a thrillingly low-slung dub disco/disco-funk groove with breathy vocal samples and early hip-hop style party "atmos", before subtly straightening out a classic chunk of vocal jazz on sublime, slow burning closer "Jazz Cigarette". All three cuts are brilliantly well put together and undoubtedly a cut above the maddening re-edit crowd.