Review: DJ Ionic's Finnish disco-boogie label Kojak Giant Sounds goes digital with this re-issue of a successful single from a few years back. "I'd Like To You" is some baddass electro-boogie with a heavy kick adding that extra thump needed. "Poyson" is a slow and tight Larry Levan-style funk jam, with extra-elastic bass and a tough talkin' diva to boot!
Review: One of Kojak Giant Sounds' best moments comes to digital for the first time. These two Lefttside Wobble edits originally slipped out on 12" in 2010, and have remained in the box of discerning DJs ever since. The uplifting, low-down version of Ashford and Simpson's "Don't Cost You Nothing" is teased and tweaked to perfection, with the track's celebratory feel and springy groove rightly treated with respect. The drum breaks sound fiercer than ever, too, with plenty of subtle build and the odd dose of tape delay to keep things moving. The dubby, extended rework of Esther Philips' "All The Way Down" - all relentless bass, dubwise effects and Blaxploitation hustle - is also killer. Don't sleep.
Review: Kojak Giant Sounds became a really big deal in the re-edit world some years ago due to their top quality vinyl releases. Then things went quiet, but last year we saw their vinyl offerings return. Ebony Cuts' Carrie On was one such 12" which now appears in digital form for all those without turntables. The title track sees rumbling house beats underpin jazzy tropical loops full of cruise ship keys and xylophones. Get your Hawaiian shirts ready. Also included is "Oba Chule (remix)" which sees the ship call at a western African port for some gently tweaked Afro-funk grooves.
Review: If it were possible for 1970s disco to be converted into a consumable substance, it's fair to say that Glasgow's Al Kent would be first in, gorging himself rotten. He's already been doing this for over a decade with simply records to go on and as a result, he's pretty unbeatable when it comes to crate digging skills. Here he joins the Kojak crew for a pair of sizzling re-works - the loopy grind of "Open Up Your Mind" and the space bass meets shimmering keys of the diva-tastic "Like The Way". Hot stuff.
Review: This is the latest Kojak release to get transferred to digital and it's a sizzler! "Disco Dancing" is a tight, percussion-heavy slice of disco melodrama, full of thrilling orchestral stabs, which retains some of the original's hushed vocals for extra thrills. "PSBS" on the other hand, is a more chilled clap-a-long, with an infectious female chant and a guitar lick not unlike "Is It All Over My Face".
Review: For all you fans of DJ Ionic's Finnish disco-boogie label Kojak Giant Sounds that missed out on this limited vinyl edit series, don't panic - here's another chance to catch up via MP3. This 11th release sees Pat Les Stache take his proverbial scalpel to the blistering chaka-waka disco rock blazer "The Spirit Rides Again" before dropping some raw, trumpet-fuelled Afrobeat in the shape of "Odeiyolaoo Mambo".
Review: It's always summer at Kojak HQ and this latest release is no different. This time round we get two breezy vintage cuts courtesy of Beatfanatic. First up is a rework of the Low Band's 1976 gem "Willow Man". Originally produced by Jesus Alvarez in 1976, its hazy Summer Breeze-style vibes have now been dreamily teased out into more than seven minutes of bliss. "Black Man" sees Stevie Wonder's a heavy electrofunk classic given some extra oomph too. What's not to love?
Review: Kojak's transferring of their vinyl re-edits to digital thunders on with two solid disco monoliths. "Blue Flame" is a low-slung, elasticated bass slinker, originally an over-frilly lumpen number by Randy Crawford. "Short Way" takes a slick Bee Gees demo of a tune penned for Dionne Warwick and beefs it up for the 21st century disco heads.
Review: It's usually all about the bass bangers at Maxxi Soundsystem's Brighton HQ. Here though we see MS retweak two retro pop classics into some cheeky edits. "Criticise" sees Alexander O'Neal's 1987 classic get twisted into a filthy stretched out jack-a-thon. On the digital flip "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" gets a quirky vocoder makeover complete with hiNRG arpeggiated bassline. Total party starter!
Review: We've previously described Nicholas as a purveyor of 'touchy-feely' deep house-influenced productions and edits. Here though he's exploring Italo-disco territory and the results depend on how you feel about Italo-disco really. Originally by The Funky Family, "Funky Is On" is a super-rare 1984 Italo masterpiece with arpeggiated basslines and a tremendous chorus that brims with palm tree ennui. Nicolas has decided to lose the chorus and expand the electro riffs instead so if you fancy a retro head-nodder and nothing more then this is for you. Bonus track "Slick Groove" is a less 80s, more organic disco jam.
Review: This duo of edits was originally released by DJ Ionic's imprint, Kojak Giant Sounds, a few years ago. Although the choice of source material here is undeniably obvious, Rayko is fairly restrained in his rework's of Nick's AOR classic "Edge Of Seventeen" and Cara's 1983 benchmark electro-disco tune "Breakdance", providing a little bit of vintage class to modern dancefloors in the process.
Review: Brisbane-based producer Youth is the latest producer to break free from the infinite realm of waveforms and inane comments that is Soundcloud. A prodigious talent for recrafting his favourite tracks under the Young Edits name has landed this 22-year-old with the chance to impress via the tenth release from Finnish label Kojak Giant Sounds, and he certainly doesn't slack lacing the A Side with a beefed up take on the Stevie Nicks classic "Smiling At You". If you're a fan of Ms Nicks and a fan of chugging arpeggios then you'll be keen on this. MeanwhileThe Catch's high pitched ode to getting home "25 Years" gets put through the Young Edits mangler, extending and dubbing out the intro and slipping in a great big kick drum that has satisfying weight to it.
Review: Kojak continue to transfer the contents of their vaults to the digital realm with this latest split EP of remixes by Mike Burns. "You Can Dance" is the aural equivalent of taking a hit of poppers in the midst of a carnival with the biggest firework display exploding at the same time. In other words: a big camp monster. With a capital 'M'. "I Believe" isn't far off either - sounding like the neon-infused future-boogie featured in the 25th century disco scenes in Buck Rogers (younger readers, Google it).
Review: DJ Ionik's Kojak Giant Sounds label has steadily built up a reputation as one of the finest re-edit imprints around, thanks largely to his uncanny knack of pickling only the finest reworks from his global network of collaborators. These edits from Rayko - first released on wax back in 2012 - are a good example. The Spanish producer has released umpteen edits over the years, but few have been quite as good as the two on offer here. There's some brilliantly Balearic Italian pop on the virtual flip (the baggy, loose and White Isle-friendly "Splendida Giornata"), but the real killer is "Strange & Funny" - a surging, dancefloor-friendly electrofunk-meets-house remix of a Womack and Womack tune full of heavy synth bass, filtered vocal drops and dreamy electronic melodies.