Review: Given that he founded the label two years ago this month, it's something of a surprise to find that Heart Breaker is Danny '80s Child' Worrall's first release on Masterworks Music. As usual, the five re-edits on offer mine the producer's vast collection of '80s electro, P-funk and synth-soul for inspiration. Opener "Dancing Real Close 2 U" is a subtly beefed-up rearrangement of a P-funk/'80s soul fusion, while "The Next Step" is a Tiger & Woods style electrofunk-goes-house loop jam. He changes the formula a little on the organic disco cheeriness of "Love Is U", before reaching for the hairspray on the Jam & Lewis-on-steroids vibe of "Closer 2 Your Luv".
Review: A dance music journalist who headed up DJ Magazine Middle East, an award-winning DJ and now a rising producer- formerly Dubai based Brit Andy Buchan continues on with his winning streak of late, cementing his status with a well deserved release on Masterworks. Following up releases on top labels such as Spa In Disco, Chopshop and Alpaca Edits, the man in Leeds serves up a nifty edit of good old fashioned soul funk on "Say A Prayer" (Crown Heights edit), some neon-lit '80s R'n'B on the sweltering "Caught Up" (Prime Cut edit) or even some lo-slung shenanigans on the slo-mo disco antics of "Keep On Burning" (Latimore edit).
Review: If you were looking to nominate a producer for the (entirely imaginary) "nu-disco don of 2019" award, Andy Buchan would be a strong contender. Here he rounds off a hugely successful year via a four-track missive on Masterworks Music. He begins with a driving slab of tooled-up funk fuzziness (the straightened-out righteousness of "Brand New Girl (Billy Garner Edit)", before flexing his disco muscles on the string-laden, percussion-heavy mid-tempo sweetness of "Bless My Soul (Bettye Swan Edit)". 'Disco Overtime (G'Night Edit)" is a filter-sporting take on a mid-80s dancefloor gem rich in soulful vocals, glistening guitars and colourful synths, while "Let's Dance (JB's Bo Horne Edit)" re-imagines a sing-along 1980s classic as a bump-along exercise in filter disco.
Review: Masterworks Music's final outing of 2018 offers an introduction to a brand new artist: Italian twosome Ankle release. The duo has plenty of experience as DJs, though this is the first time they've shared any of their studio endeavours with the public. They start in impressive fashion via the pandemonium-creating Fender Rhodes riffs and swirling disco grooves of "What's The Plan", before slamming down a similarly delay-laden but far more bass-heavy disco-house workout (the fine "Fire In Me"). The fast-rising duo switches focus to the 1980s on the cheery electrofunk fun of "Panache", while closing cut "Room For Everyone" sees them wrap colourful synths and jaunty TB-303 style acid lines around a stop-start disco groove.
Review: South African producer Brian Snr has delivered some solid EPs of late, most notably for Disco Fruit and Midnight Riot, so hopes are naturally high for this outing on Masterworks Music. We're not quite sure whether it's a straight re-edit, an original production of a sample-heavy rework, but "Long Legs & Double D's" is really rather good. Built around a sleazy, arpeggio style electronic bassline, relatively simple disco-house drums and early '80s style talk-box vocal snippets, the cut bobs and weaves, with funky musical flourishes (most notably flash-fried funk guitars) flitting in and out of the mix before a spoken male lead vocal helps take things to an even higher level. It comes accompanied by an arguably even better "Dub Mix" that's sleazy, funky and weighty in equal measure.
Review: Should you have missed his previous EPs on Better Listen, Kolour and Editorial - amongst others - you may still be blissfully unaware of Chevals, a self-styled "French house producer, disco cutter and horse". Should that be the case, we suggest that you check out this fine four-tracker - his first for Masterworks Music - as soon as possible. It begins with a fantastic slab of gospel-powered disco house (the peak-time stomp of "My Feet Keep Changing") and ends with a throbbing club cut rich in fizzing P-funk synths, bumpin' beats and purple-tinted electronics ("Love Somebody"). In between, you'll find a deliciously jaunty, horn-rich mid-tempo jam ("This Time Is Dedicated To Love") and a hybrid remix/re-edit of a smooth '80s soul cut ("Never Will I Leave You Baby"). Insatiable stuff.
Review: UK veteran edit master Chewy Rubs steps out of his own Chewy outlet and lands on the old-school-friendly Masterworks Music. He's in a disco mood, as per usual, and he's mashing up samples and beats like no tomorrow; we have five juicy pieces of dancefloor gold on here, the more magical moments residing in the funky and riff-driven "Makes You Blind" (Don't Stop edit)", the man's BSP dub of the string-heavy "Burning Up", and his dubbier dub of "Found Love". Party tools.
Review: 15 months after he made his Masterworks Music debut, Chris Grubizna returns with a selection of "Rare Edits". We assume this means that the tracks he's edited are rare and obscure rather than the edits themselves, but either way there's much to enjoy across the four tracks. First up is the bass guitar-driven disco-funk bounce of, "Dance With U", where filtered snippets of his source material come underpinned by metronomic house drums, before Grubinza applies the same tooling-up techniques to the disco shuffle of "Say What". Even better is the deep, soulful house smoothness of "Talkin About", which bobs along at a beatdown-friendly 106 BPM, while closing cut "Gonna Shake It" sees our hero get busy with a slab of disco-funk rich in rubbery bass and flash-fried guitar licks.
Review: Like a Wild West gunslinger impatiently waiting for High Noon, Chris Grubizna has invited us to a "Showdown". With the assistance of Masterworks Music, he's hoping to slay us with a quintet of weapons-grade reworks. He first proves his credentials via the jaunty sax loops, flanged funk guitars, booming bass and swinging house drums of "Rollin' On Da Groove", before dressing entirely in purple and reaching for the P-funk synths on insatiable '80s electrofunk revision "Right-On-U". Elsewhere, he successfully beefs up a punchy disco-funk cut using heavy beats and drowsy deep house chords ("Cuban Affair"), dips the tempo and gets seriously sensual ("Shamanic Affair") and nods his head in time with some bumpin', sax-happy hip-hop beats ("Dope Jam (Bonus Beat)").
Review: After impressing via a tasty two-tracker on Monoside earlier in the year, Cohen makes his bow on Danny Worrall's Masterworks Music imprint. In terms of the headline attraction, it's a close run thing between the slamming, full-throttle disco-house celebration of "Sit Up" - all bumping, bass-heavy beats, rising horns and looped vocal samples - and the filter-heavy, slightly tooled-up '80s electrofunk revision "See". You'll also find a slightly slower chunk of '80s soul bliss at the end of the EP ("Baby Boy"), while "Love On The Beach" is an endearingly hazy fusion of woozy deep house and turn-of-the-'80s disco-boogie.
Review: Following appearances on Midnight Riot and Masterworks Music compilations, fast-rising electrofunk cut-up maestro Coutel is given an EP of his own on which to showcase his wares. His style - filter-heavy, loopy, smooth and sumptuous - is largely based around chopped-up rearrangements of largely forgotten '80s soul gems, with ultra-slick vocals riding bumpin' grooves, twinkling synthesizer melodies and shimmering chords. It's hugely appealing, and results in some suitably entertaining fare. Highlights include the soulful boogie-house shuffle of "Gotta Have You", the Jam & Lewis style beatbox pop of "See The Light", and "Stop That", a killer loop jam blessed with delicious guitars, simmering strings and addictive vocals.
Review: Rich Hall and Megan Jones have already taken their Cuz Electric project to Midnight Riot, Particle Zoo, Thunder Jam and Katakana Edits, amongst others, and here make their bow on another popular disco-leaning stable: 80s Child's Masterworks Music. What we get is arguably their strongest EP of original music to date: a four-track fusion of synthesizer-powered nu-disco, Balearic boogie, revivalist electrofunk and, in the case of driving, solo-rich closing cut "Good Laard", low-slung disco-funk. Highlights are naturally plentiful, with Jones' sweet and well-judged vocals on "Deamons" [sic] and "You're A Mover" - both attractive nu-disco dancefloor workouts with plenty of musical detail - giving Crazy P's Danielle Moore a run for her money.
Review: Lately Leeds' Deelicious has seen his loose and groovy tunes grace the likes of Sound Exhibitions and Disco Fruit. Here he rolls out five sizzling new bangers. The urgent slice of socially conscious funk, "Lonely Town Lonely Street", kicks things off, "Trust Me" incorporates housier filtered loops into the mix and the title track is celebratory slice of disco-pop with some ace bloc-rocking breaks and punk-funk bass work. Elsewhere we enter orbit with the melodramatic sci-fi boogie of "Mechanical Body" and "Change Your Mind" is an amazing example of early underground dance music reconfigured by a 21st century perspective.
Review: Hailing from Leeds, nu-disco producer Deelicious has seen his productions go global due to releases on big international edit labels like Sound Exhibitions, Hot Digits Music and Editorial. Here he appears on Masterworks with new four track EP, Lovers Call. The title track kicks things off with a straight up four-four beat that gently swells into a string laden disco epic, next, "Move On Up" toughens up a slow 70s soul/funk yearner and "You're the One" is built around warm and tender disco house loops. Lastly "Over You" wraps things up nicely with a slick slice of euphoric French Touch-style filtered disco house. Party central.
Review: Dirtyelements and Drunkdrivers first joined forces in the studio last year, with the quietly impressive results featuring on Pusic Records' tenth release. Here they get a chance to showcase their brand of warm and groovy, sample-heavy disco revivalism via a debut EP for Masterworks Music. Check first opener "You Must Try", a loose and groovy chunk of loved-up disco-house rich in snaking saxophone riffs, glassy-eyed female vocal samples and swirling chords, before turning your attention to the thickset, filter-heavy loop disco of "Equinoxious". Arguably best of all, though, is closing cut "One Night", a humid and chunky revision of a Rhodes-driven, jazz-funk-era boogie gem.
Review: Here's something a little different from Downunder Disco (real name Steve Cooper) and Masterworks Music: an EP whose lead track, "Drivin' Me", sidesteps disco altogether in favour of a throbbing, riff-heavy late night house sound rich in hands-aloft stabs, reverb-laden vocal samples and a booming bassline so thick it might be made out of treacle. The Aussie producer explores similar sonic territory on the similarly stab-tastic - if a little more musically expansive and percussive - "Disco-Tech", while "That's It" sees him craft a rubbery chunk of hybrid house/nu-disco fusion out of elastic bass, bumpin' beats and the kind of jazzy, swing-style riffs that were once a favourite feature of James Curd's Greenskeepers productions for Classic.
Review: Australian re-edit king, Dr Packer, loves his '80s electro-soul and funk, and here he kicks off 2015 with a slammin' rejig of Al Jarreau's slinky digi-soul classic "Boogie Down". There's a further four jams to check out here too, including a cool, Balearic rework of Sheila E's "Love Bizarre", a totally dubbed out version of "Walking On Sunshine" and the synthy, meandering disco house joint, "Take My Love".
Review: Squeeze into your wetsuit and grab a surfboard: Doctor Packer has created "Waves of Funk" and we can ride them all the way to the beach. The title track is particularly potent, with the Australian producer wrapping fizzing synthesizer melodies and thrusting vocal samples around typical mid-80s drum machine percussion and the month's most addictive electronic bassline. He flips to hustling disco-funk/P-funk fusion on the synth-laden strut of "Funk To The Future" before reaching for crunchy disco-funk guitar riffs, twinkling electric piano motifs and talkbox flavours on P-funk jam "Skin The Funk". If that's not enough to tickle your fancy, closing cut "Cozmic Funk" does exactly what it says on the tin and should excite all those with a passion for spacey synths, goodtime grooves and swirling disco orchestration.
Review: If you have ever found yourself in a bad mood, you need this in your life, pop on this collection of tracks and boogie your worries away. This is the happiest, funkiest collection of disco our ears have ever had the joy to behold. The LP containers reworks of classic cuts that'll you'll want rediscover. 'Undercover' sings of heartbreak and infidelity but you'll be clapping along and singing like you're celebrating a wedding. 'Wanna Phunk' has a forward chugging motion that reminds us Starlight Express, climb on board enjoy the ride and disembark covered in dusted in glitter in the early 80's. Everyone knows and loves 'Phantasy' but here we get a slightly faster, sound saturated version with louder shakers and new age risers. This is EP will have you dancing till the '12th of never.'
Review: Over the past 18 months, antipodean editor Dr Packer has quietly been building an impressive discography. Following releases on Midnight Riot, Z Records, DiscoDat, Hotbox Boogie and Hot Digits, the Perth-based scalpel fiend returns with a second EP for '80s Child's Masterworks Music imprint. This time round, he's chopping, looping and re-inventing disco and boogie classics. Highlights include a French Touch style disco-house re-touch of Loleatta Holloway's Salsoul classic "Love Sensation" ("Sensational Love"), a nu-disco re-make of "Last Night A Dj Saved My Life" ("Last Night"), an impeccable, straightened-out extension of the Nick Straker Band ("Stratosphere"), and a bumpin', ever-rising tweak of Skipworth & Turner's "Thinking About Your Love" ("Can't Figure Out").
Review: Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger's recent Vinyl TV show depicted the birth of New York black party culture with the mighty Kool Herc at the helm. Here Dr Packer riffs off that same imagery too, even if his edits are more in the disco vein than that of Herc's hard funk breaks. There are a whopping six edits to wrap your ears around here, highlights include sensuous 70s boogie, complete with electro bassline, of "Disco Lovin", the protracted hiNRG New Order loops of "Monday Blues" and the shimmering, dry ice soul of "Chocolate Boogie". Fun music for fun times!
Review: Evil Smarty has spent much of his successful re-edit career collaborating with the equally cheekily named Bad Barbie. Here, he goes solo, delivering a four-track missive of reworks for '80s Child's Masterworks Music label. He gets things going with the throbbing, electro-disco stomp of "Disco Glory", before dipping the tempo for a dreamy rearrangement of Surface's loved-up synth-boogie classic "Falling In Love" (here simply titled "Falling", and arguably one of the most re-edited tunes of all time). "Go Gain" is a brilliant chunk of rock-tinged power-boogie (think bold synth bass, swooping sound effects, razor-sharp guitars and poodle perms), while "Eye 2 Eye" is a tooled-up, house-friendly sprint through purple funk pastures.
Review: Having been a DJ since the 1980s - first in his native Argentina, and now in London - Fabiolous Barker knows how to work a dancefloor. That knowledge came to the fore on his debut release for Funkfusion last year. Here, he transfers to '80s Child's Masterworks Music imprint and delivers a sextet of impressive re-edits. He kicks things off with the boogie-era disco bounce of "Back On Love", before slowing things down with the shuffling, P-funk style chug of "Sticky Party". There's a dash of piano-laden disco funk ("Funktime"), a tasty Whodini rework (the electro synths and rubbery bass of "Houdini"), and a tasteful Taana Gardner rework ("Heartbeat"). Oh, and a slice of harmonica-laden rare groove soulfulness ("Manhattan").
Review: If you're looking for some good old-fashioned soulful house vibes, then stop right here, as Francis Overcast makes his debut on Warrington's Masterworks Music. 'Tired' sports a (sadly uncredited) sultry, jazzy female vocal that's straight outta the very top drawer, and that has enough singalong appeal to ensure anthem status in the relevant spots is almost guaranteed. Glitterbox stalwart Dr Packer supplies vocal and dub remixes that, unsurprisingly, give the original a little extra disco polish, while for the real soul purists, Ruff Diamond's remix is the one to head for. Coming from a relative newbie like Overcast, this is classy stuff!
Review: Neapolitan disco editor Frank Virgilio is back on the scene after great releases on Hot Digits, Midnight Riot and Good Stuff. He's really hitting the big time now if this appearance on Masterworks says anything! Featuring four scorchers guaranteed to cause a disco inferno pretty much anywhere, The Black Hole EP features the sexy and lo-slung title track, the late night boogie-down antics of "Electronite", as well as "C.B.E Way" which is on the funked-up acid jazz tip, and finally "Extraordinary Night" which will loop you into submission with its sublime brass section reminiscent of classic Salsoul kinda vibes.
Review: Denver-based Funk Hunk has never been the most prolific of re-editors, though his sporadic releases tend to be decent. There's plenty to set the pulse racing on "Hunk's Got The Answer", his first outing for Danny Worrall's Masterworks Music label. Check first the gnarled disco-rock camp of "Get Up", before admiring the elastic slap-bass motifs at the heart of loopy disco-house workout "Gotcha". "Hunk's Got The Answer" is a languid, tastefully tweaked rearrangement of an obscure, jazz guitar-laden deep disco treat, while "Take A Little More" is a cut-up, house style edit of a bona fide disco anthem. As if that lot wasn't enough to get your pulse racing, "Wot" sees our hunky hero successfully rework a Tom Tom Club style slice of low-slung NYC headiness.
Review: A veteran of esteemed edit labels like ChopShop, Sound Exhibitions and Hot Digits, Dave Gerrard is back on Masterworks Music with the Chorley FM-style EP "Sounds Of The 80s". Going straight for the party jugular, he tackles some megahits of the decade of excess - dubbing out Belouis Some's sleaze-popper "Imagination" and speeding up Sly Fox's pounding electro funk stomp "Lets Go All the Way". Then it's time for a subtle tweak of The Pointer Sisters much loved "Automatic", Depeche Mode's "Just Cant Enough" gets a percussive makeover and The Art Of Noise's proto industrial chaos is intensified on "Who's Afraid".
Review: Sometime Midnight Riot, Rose and Nomada contributor Gledd is the latest artist to join Danny "80s Child" Worrall's Masterworks Music imprint. His debut EP for the imprint offers a quartet of "Soul Shapes". He begins with the lolloping bounce of '60s soul-sampling house shuffler "Light of Florence" before charging into raw disco-funk territory via the rolling house beats, impassioned vocal samples and crunchy grooves of "I Just Want You". Gledd reaches for the filters once more on the horn-heavy disco-house sweetness of "Of Rainbows", while killer closing cut "Your Mind" borrows heavily from another low-down slab of Clavinet-sporting funk-soul goodness. There's nothing particularly clever going on here, but all four tracks work wonders on the dancefloor.
Review: Usually found lurking on re-edit labels like Disco Fruit Fruit and Chopshop, St Petersburg's finest Gradient Logic are back with four more scalpel jobs for our utterly spoilt ears. We slam into the late 80s with a bang on "Work & Results" - all exploding snares, rolling synth bass and breathy female vocals. Elsewhere "Delay In Time" eases back into some 70s smoothness with seriously slick bass elastics, "In The Rain" filters the bejayus out of a certain well known late 70s megahit and "Give Up" is pure, sharp 80s electro-boogie.
Review: By the power of Greyskool, scalpel fiends Dave Gerrard and Rob Bairstow pop up on Masterworks Music with the follow-up to their 2015 debut, Inside The Box. They begin with a cheeky curveball: a punchy and floor-friendly re-imagining of Gino Latino's 1988 Euro-house hit "Welcome". "Room Full of Strangers" is a fine scalpel work of Candi Staton's superb, mid-tempo disco anthem "Nights On Broadway" - this time with a little extra low-end chug - while "Something Shady" is a fine rework of Labi Siffre's "I Got The..." that subtly gives it a little more dancefloor oomph. Finally, they make a play for "end of night edit of the year" with a tastily looped-up rearrangement of Stephanie Mills' super-sweet "Wha'cha Gonna Do With My Lovin".
Review: Masterworks Music's latest thoroughly enjoyable EP is a collaborative affair. It sees sometime Midnight Riot artist Ladies On Mars join forces with fellow Beunos Aries resident Gus Fastuca for the very first time. The pair first offers up two versions of "Moody Boody": a rubbery, P-funk flavoured original version built around elastic synth parts, sweet female backing vocals and bustling bass guitar, and a chunkier "Club Mix" that features a tougher, Italo-influenced groove. Elsewhere, "My Baby" is a rugged romp through guitar-sporting disco-funk re-edit territory and "Party People" cleverly combines samples from an early '80s disco-funk cut and a thunderous new, Girorgio Moroder style groove.
Review: Miami man His Dirty Secrets made his debut in early 2016, serving up a sextet of steamy disco rubs on Midnight Riot. On this follow-up for Masterworks Music he's reined himself in a little, though the four tracks on offer are amongst his strongest reworks to date. There's a breezy dreaminess about the killer combination of undulating boogie gass, jazzy guitar riffs, warm chords and drifting vocal snippets at the heart of deep disco opener "Floatin", while "Fantom (African Woman)" is a lolloping, organ-heavy take on an old Afro-funk gem. Meanwhile, "All The Way" is a string-laden sprint through peak-time disco pastures and "Prelude" is a groovy, pitched-down take on arguably one of the greatest disco records of all time.
Review: Mexican combo Hotmood now has a sizeable discography under their belt, with releases on a clutch of well-regarded labels - think Editorial and Ganbette, for starters - offering proof of their 'rising star' status. This outing on Masterworks Music is predictably strong, too. Check, for example, the punchy Tijuana brass, lolloping beats and undulating disco bass of opener "Funjazoul", or the tasty edit action of "Hundred of Times", where a hustling disco-funk number, complete with rich electric piano chords, slick guitar riffs and rubbery bass, is expertly looped up and rearranged. They finish with a flourish, too, upping the ante on the bouncy, peak-time disco-funk pump of "Let Me Hear You Say Yeah", which sounds like a tried and tested party-starter.
Review: There's seemingly no stopping Hurlee, a producer whose cheerful, floor-friendly music has appeared on countless well-regarded labels (think Apparel Music, Exploited, Large Music, Papa and Plastik People, for starters) over the last few years. Here he debuts on Masterworks Music with a quartet of shamelessly feel-good cuts that effortlessly wrap disco and boogie samples around chunky grooves for maximum peak-time pleasure. We're particularly enjoying the filtered vocals, horns and disco strings of "All Night Long" and locked-in afternoon disco-house positivity of "Tonight", thought both the brilliantly chopped-and-looped heavy-disco house of "Tell Me" and more laidback bounce of "Real Disco" also sound like genuine dancefloor winners.
Review: Spanish nu-disco don James Rodriguez is in fine form on their first appearance for 80's Child's Masterworks Music stable. There's something particularly alluring about opener "Stay Mine", a sumptuous fusion of head-nodding disco and tactile boogie full of sweeping strings, sensual female vocal hooks and a killer groove. He doffs a cap towards boogie-inspired loop-house maestros Tiger & Woods on the superb "Tone of Love" and "Unlimited". The Madrid-based producer arguably saves the best till last with "Win You Back", a nine-minute boogie epic that sits somewhere between the languid shuffle of the EP's opening track and the loop jams showcased elsewhere.
Review: Norwegian nu-disco maestro Kellini is up next on Warrington's Masterworks Music with a bunch of super tasty boogie down treats. He has had releases on Hot Digits Music, Midnight Riot, Thunder Jam and Walking Disco Records thus far - so he's on a bit of a roll we must say. From the Arp driven opener "Prove It" to the absolutely electric "One Decision From Disaster" which would make even Tensnake stand up and notice. "Urge" is the EP's most energetic moment and our highlight - where this Moroder-esque synth journey will take you on a groove mission to the stratosphere. Kellini is Kjetil Lagesen, a 35 year old producer and DJ from Skien in Norway.
Review: Kiu D's debut long-player The Journey was something of a hit for Masterworks Music in the summer of 2017. Here, tracks from that well-received set receive the remix treatment from various label affiliates. Rising star and Glitterbox regular Dr Packer steps up first to turn "Dynamite" into a hybrid chunk of orchestral disco/funk-fuelled house bliss, before Bachgenaur recasts "You Don't Have To" as a Red Rack'em-esque wonky disco-house anthem. Elsewhere, Fingerman steals the show with a mid-tempo boogie take on "Good Luck", while Hotmood's version of "Sweet Is Better" is a bouncy, life-enhancing deep house bumper.
Review: After establishing his career via a series of rock solid EPs on Hotbox Boogie, Kiu D has spent much of the last few years serving up similarly impressive outings on Masterworks Music. Predictably, his latest is a bit of a doozy, too. Our pick of the bunch is probably title track "Walking On The Moog", a spacey and rolling affair where elongated held-note chords and intergalactic synthesizer lines rise above a chunky, bassline-driven groove. That said, we also have a lot of love for the acid-flecked, synth-laden disco bump of opener "Addiction" and the piano-heavy breeze of rolling soulful house workout "Deep In My House" and the sun-kissed disco-house pump of heavy closing cut "Sun City".
Review: Italian producer Kiu D has previously delivered party blends of disco, electrofunk and house on Hotbox Boogie and Other Sound. Here, he pops up on Masterworks Music with his most forthright and funky EP yet. His cut-and-paste style is arguably best showcased by title track "Discotheque", which peppers a familiar (if tooled up) disco groove with chugging, Italo-style arpeggios, nu-disco synths and further smile-inducing samples. The same approach is successfully applied on "Don't Stop" - a rubbery nu-disco bumper built around snippets from the K.I.D track of the same name - while "Loose" delivers a killer chunk of baggy disco-funk positivity, helped in no small part by some seriously cheeky synth solos.
Review: Italy's Kiu D has embraced many different styles and genres over the years but he's always returned to disco. Masterworks Music too is also somewhere at home, so it's no surprise to see this new four track single, Into The Deep, released by them. "A Different Attitude" kicks things off with warm and woozy disco loops and soft soul vocals set to a light garage beat. Elsewhere "Moonlight" accelerates with cascading arpeggios and disco chants, "Jazzy Taste" is dreamy cocktail house complete with poolside trumpets and lastly, "Brothers & Sisters" is all about retro loops, chirpy keys, and shuffley beats.
Review: An impeccable producer, Kiu D has delivered sizzling works for the likes of Hot Digits and Special Edition. However, with The Journey marking his 4th release for Masterworks, this LP now makes him a bona fide label family member. A journey it may well be, but this is also a collection of ten straight to the point disco jams. There's no flab to found here, just heavy hitters highlights of which include the lighter than air floaty vapour trail vibes of "Secret Thing", the deep and trippy arpeggios of "Sweet Is Better" and the pulsating Italo-disco of "Out Of Service".
Review: After impressing earlier in his career via fine EPs on El Diablo's Social Club and Silhouette, Lup Ino (real name Fiore Lupino) popped up on Masterworks Music earlier in the year with his first solo missive on Danny Worrall's prolific imprint. It was good, but this two-tracker for the same label is even better. Opener "Come On You" is a warm and celebratory disco-house style re-edit perfectly structured to tease maximum impact from the producer's lesser-known source material. If anything, the accurately titled "Just Funk" is even better, with Lupino successfully beefing up a horn-heavy, electric piano solo-sporting slab of disco-funk heaviness.
Review: 13 months on from his last outing on NYLO, former El Diablo's Social Club and Silhouette sort Lup Ino makes his debut on Masterworks Music. The Italian producer hits the ground running with "You Can't Lose", a subtly tooled-up and house-friendly revision of a bold and breezy '80s soul jam, before reaching for the filters on a chunky, filter-heavy disco-house revision of a glassy-eyed old gem on "I Never Felt". Those with a hankering for a rolling house version of a crunchy disco-funk ham should check "Positive Love", while "Macumba Rocker" is a nod-along, mid-tempo shuffler that peppers a familiar disco groove with choice vocal samples and plenty of dub delays.