15 Sep 14
Contagious - (6:01) 117 BPM
I've Been Watching U - (7:55) 115 BPM
Hot - (7:23) 119 BPM
Crazy Bout My Love - (7:34) 114 BPM
I Can't Wait - (8:02) 116 BPM
Rocket Ship - (6:28) 100 BPM
Something In Your Eyes - (7:07) 110 BPM
Cocktails For 2 - (6:24) 110 BPM
Confusion - (7:19) 106 BPM
In Your Life - (7:23) 112 BPM
Review: Warrington's Danny Worral has carved out a niche for himself delivering robust, floor-friendly re-edits that specifically rework synth-laden '80s electrofunk, soul and boogie jams. Here he presents his first album of reworks for regular home Midnight Riot. The source material is a mixture of the well known and slightly obscure, with the likes of the Whispers, Prince and the Aleems under the scalpel. Worral keeps the feel of the original tracks - including, in most cases, the vocals - giving them a little more contemporary dancefloor swing, largely thanks to extra-fat beats, subtle house rhythms and thick synth basslines. It's an attractive proposition for anyone who enjoys synth-laden '80s jams. Highlights are plentiful, from the glassy-eyed fun of the title track through to the soulful house shuffle of closer "In Your Life".
10 Feb 14
Make You Mine - (7:30) 115 BPM
Hot - (7:29) 118 BPM
I Cant Go 4 That - (7:54) 113 BPM
My Future Is Clear - (8:43) 106 BPM
Secret Love - (8:09) 115 BPM
Review: Following a pair of well-received outings on Ruben & Ra's Retrospective imprint, 1980s re-edit specialist Danny Worrall pops up on Midnight Riot with another five-track collection of electrofunk rubs. There's plenty of party-starting fodder on show, from the bustling horns and rubbery grooves of opener "Make You Mine" to the Prince style Purple Funk throb of "Hot", and shiny synths and looped vocals of "My Future is Clear". Arguably best of all, though, is the sumptuous '80s soul re cut "Secret Love". There's also a version of Hall & Oates "I Can't Go For That", though it barely changes the original's winning formula.
12 May 14
Missing - (5:36) 112 BPM
Control - (5:40) 112 BPM
Kiss U - (5:53) 105 BPM
Be Together - (6:58) 103 BPM
All Alone - (8:08) 112 BPM
Review: Warrington-based 1980s obsessive Danny "80s Child" Worrall tends to eschew the obvious, delivering re-edits of '80s soul jams and overproduced, mid-'80s electrofunk curiosities. He's at it again here, dropping five more soulful, synth-laden nuggets for the Midnight Riot label. There's some saucer-eyed '80s soul in the shape of the touchy-feely "Missing", some gigantic, radio-friendly synth-rock ("Control"), and a dash of deliciously smooth, slow-dance fare ("Kiss U"). Better still is the New Jack Swing-flavoured dayglo rush of "Be Together", and "All Alone", a riotous electrofunk jam built around a familiar bassline and Shep Pettibone style drum edits.
09 Apr 15
Flashback - (7:33) 108 BPM
In Our Lives - (7:04) 113 BPM
Run From My Love - (6:51) 112 BPM
This Love - (6:47) 113 BPM
Review: Warrington-based 80s Child is turning into a one-man re-edit machine, delivering floor-friendly touch-ups of synth-heavy electrofunk, 80s soul and boogie jams on a regular basis. There's naturally much to admire about this third EP for regular home Midnight Riot, from the rolling boogie-house revision of stone cold classic "Flashback" - all carefully cultivated loops, filters and metronomic pulse - to the chiming synthesizer melodies, vocal breakdowns and delay-laden drums of "This Love". Arguably best of all, though, is the heavyweight swing, looped vocals and killer synth bass flex of "Run From My Love", one of his strongest rubs to date.
18 Jul 16
Return Of The Ghetto Fly (feat Neco Redd) - (3:50) 104 BPM
Superficial - (4:50) 116 BPM
Slippin On Ya Pimpin (feat Dames Brown) - (5:51) 106 BPM
1960 What? (feat London House Cats Choir) - (6:30) 122 BPM
Soul Fly Pt 1 (feat Dames Brown) - (3:31) 138 BPM
Soul Fly Pt 2 (feat Dames Brown) - (6:10) 138 BPM
Steppin (feat Dames Brown) - (4:39) 118 BPM
Your Love Is All I Need - (5:22) 120 BPM
I Got It (feat Alena) - (4:11) 114 BPM
Funk Is Here To Stay - (4:33) 111 BPM
Send A Message - (4:52) 98 BPM
Played by: JOUTRO MUNDO, FINGERMAN, YAM WHO?, BACHGENAUR, Juno Recommends Disco, Susanne Alt, Alan Dixon, Massimo Vanoni (The Smoker), Ziggy Phunk, BRENDON P, Roger Sanchez, 80's Child, That Needs an Edit, SITUATION, Charlie brown superstar, Henri Le Blanc, Disco Funk Spinner(DFS), Discotron
Review: The Sound of Detroit by one of it's unsung heroes, Amp Fiddlers new album Motor City Booty coming straight off the D Funk assembly line, a full on dance floor affair from Motown to P-Funk, Techno and Neo Soul. This 11 track album produced by Amp Fiddler & Yam Who? includes the massive 'Soul Fly' sounding like a Mark Ronson production had he been hanging out with George Clinton's Parlet followed by the bonafide P-Funk anthem 'Steppin' both featuring the stunning vocals by the Dames Brown girls. Amp Fiddler is credited for taking both a young J Dilla and also Q-Tip under his wing teaching them his Akai MPC techniques, setting the path for some of Hip Hops finest recordings which have defined the shape of things to come. His musical collaborations & current duties include: Moodymann's musical maestro, keyboard wizard for Theo Parrish's live band, a longstanding Funkadelic member, co-writer for Sly & Robbie, Prince, Maxwell, Jamiroquai & Seal to name a few.
03 Oct 16
Steppin (feat Dames Brown - Qwestlife remix) - (6:57) 122 BPM
1960 What? (feat London House Cats Choir - John Mork & Andrew Emil remix) - (8:34) 122 BPM
Soul Fly Part 1 (feat Dames Brown - Sam Redmore remix) - (8:36) 127 BPM
Soul Fly Part 2 (feat Dames Brown - Eli Escobar remix) - (8:15) 127 BPM
Your Love Is All I Need (Thatmanmonkz remix) - (6:34) 122 BPM
Superficial (Mark E remix) - (7:42) 110 BPM
Your Love Is All I Need (Big Danny Kane remix) - (6:43) 120 BPM
Funk Is Here To Stay (Inkswel remix) - (5:52) 111 BPM
Send A Message (Kid Sublime remix) - (5:54) 110 BPM
1960 What? (feat London House Cats Choir - Marten Roberto & Nikolay Danev remix) - (7:34) 122 BPM
Superficial (Judge Funk remix) - (4:50) 116 BPM
I Got It (feat Alena - DJ Raw Sugar remix) - (5:09) 107 BPM
Slippin On Ya Pimpin (feat Dames Brown - Situation remix) - (5:17) 106 BPM
Return Of The Ghetto Fly (feat Neco Redd - Peza remix) - (5:50) 104 BPM
Superficial (Chewy Rubs remix) - (8:58) 114 BPM
Steppin (feat Dames Brown - Modified Man remix) - (5:54) 115 BPM
Slippin On Ya Pimpin (feat Dames Brown - Bittersuite remix) - (6:35) 118 BPM
Soul Fly Part 2 (feat Dames Brown - De Fantastiske To remix) - (9:49) 124 BPM
Funk Is Here To Stay (Mr Mulatto remix) - (5:22) 111 BPM
I Got It (feat Alena - Heion remix) - (5:51) 120 BPM
Slippin On Ya Pimpin (feat Dames Brown - Henri Le Blanc remix) - (5:47) 116 BPM
Played by: Chris Massey, Frankee More, Robot 84, FINGERMAN, YAM WHO?, Don Dayglow, BACHGENAUR, DJ Said, Juno Recommends Disco, Susanne Alt, J&M BROTHERS, Alien Disco Sugar / Leonidas DeeJay, JT Donaldson, Future Bones, BRENDON P, Hober Mallow, 80's Child, Andy Buchan, Chugginedits, SITUATION, Henri Le Blanc
Review: Midnight Riot isn't messing around with this collection of remixes of tracks from Detroit veteran Amp Fiddler's recent Motor City Booty set. Label boss Yam Who has pulled out all the stops, drawing on both Midnight Riot regulars and genuinely hot talents such as Eli Escobar (whose slick, soulful house rub of "Soul Fly Part 2" is a highlight), Thatmanmonkz, Inkswel and Mark E (who genuinely steals the show with a dreamy, mid-tempo take on "Superficial"). Taken as a whole, it's far more "killer" than "filler", with sterling contributions from Sam Redmore (dub-flecked Afro-house goodness), Kid Sublime (sun-kissed boogie-soul), chewy Rubs (low-slung disco-house heaviness), and Modified Man (synth-heavy broken beat).
15 May 17
Review: Midnight Riot begins its second century of releases with what appears to be a label debut. They're keeping tight-lipped about the identity of Barbi (and pretty much everything else about this release), so we'll quickly move on to the two tasty tracks that make up the EP. Opener "I Need To Know" is something of a bustling, rolling, bass-heavy disco-funk treat, where punchy horns, cut-glass strings, bluesy guitars, incessant Hammond lines and gravel-throated vocals wrap themselves around a relentless groove. Flip to the virtual B-side for "Too Late", a similarly inclined chunk of effects-laden, horn heavy disco haziness with plenty of bottom-end bounce.
05 May 14
Slide Into Your Heart - (7:25) 118 BPM
Son Of Slave - (7:42) 116 BPM
The Way We Live - (6:28) 99 BPM
Money Runner - (5:49) 116 BPM
Open Your Mind - (6:39) 108 BPM
Review: Those who follow Belabouche on SoundCloud will know just what a prodigious re-editor he is; not a week seems to pass without a clutch of new scalpel works from the talented Italian producer. Here he brings his effortlessly soulful, loose-limbed approach to Yam Who's Midnight Riot label for the first time. All five tracks are excellent, with the baggy, string-drenched disco-soul bump of "Slide Into Your Heart" and dubwise funk thrust of "Money Runner" standing out. He mixes up the tempos well, with the EP's two slower moments - the sinewy jazz-funk headiness of "Open Your Mind" and intoxicating, horn-heavy "The Way We Live" - being particularly potent. If you're after edits that match dancefloor chops with an easy soulfulness, this should be an essential purchase.
11 Jul 16
Octopussy - (6:10) 122 BPM
The One (feat Princess Freesia) - (5:46) 123 BPM
Rock Me - (6:19) 121 BPM
Need Ur Love (feat Lorrie) - (5:44) 119 BPM
Played by: JOUTRO MUNDO, FINGERMAN, YAM WHO?, BACHGENAUR, Alan Dixon, Werkshy, BRENDON P, 80's Child, SITUATION, Disco Funk Spinner(DFS)
Review: Keeping the fire burning for disco freaks everywhere, Big Danny Kane sidles up to Midnight Riot with a plush EP of rich, warm groovers for all kinds of different times of night. "The One" especially shines with its punchy electro funk b-line and a hook vocal turn from Princess Freesia, capturing that mid-'80s mood in an impeccable fashion. "Octopussy" and "Rock Me" inject a little more house-minded pump into the proceedings, but the chunky synth lines and slick rhythmic edits still represent the core of Daddy Kane's ample repertoire. Keep an ear out for the radio-friendly funk of "Need Ur Love" which comes on like late era Fatback Band and sounds all the better for it.
26 Oct 15
Get Up - (7:52) 122 BPM
Yes I Know My Way - (4:20) 105 BPM
Um Ba Yao - (5:52) 124 BPM
Reggae Tempo - (5:08) 110 BPM
Played by: DAVE GERRARD, YAM WHO?, DJ MOAR_JAY AIRINESS (Venice Beach), Richard Rossa, Alan Dixon, Ziggy Phunk, JB Dizzy, 80's Child, Felix Da Housecat, Chugginedits, Olivier (La Freund Recordings)
Review: 2015 has been a good year for Olivier Tunier, arguably one of the re-edit scene's most under-appreciated scalpel specialists. Having already unleashed fine EPs on Whiskey Disco, Phat Elephant and Hot Digits, the Amsterdam-based producer delivers another cracking quartet of reworks on Midnight Riot. As usual, he touches on a number of styles, moving from the percussive, strobe-lit disco hustle of the superb "Get Up", to the straightened-out Caribbean disco grooves of "Reggae Tempo", via the dense tropical percussion, jaunty horns and sweet Brazilian vocals of "Um Ba Yao". Best of all, though, is "Yes I Know My Way", a blinding blast of audio sunshine blessed with breezy piano hooks, impassioned blue-eyed soul vocals and deliciously swinging beats.
01 May 17
Booshank - "Maxine" - (2:39) 120 BPM
Inxxxwel - "Half Pipe" - (5:19) 115 BPM
Paz - "Pre-Historic" - (5:23) 113 BPM
Rela - "So Beautiful" - (4:06) 101 BPM
Played by: YAM WHO?, BACHGENAUR, Ear Trumpet (The Weekend Soul), 80's Child, Henri Le Blanc, Honey Soundsystem
Review: Whisper it quietly, but this is Midnight Riot's one-hundredth release. Label boss Yam Who isn't making much of a song and dance about such a momentous occasion, though The Coburg Disco Association is certainly a strong offering. What's arguably most impressive is the hazy, hip-hop-minded fusion of elements driving Inkswel's brilliant "Half Pipe" (credited to his INXXXWEL alter-ego), which combines the producer's love of squelchy analogue synth bass and swinging, MPC-driven beats with hazy rap samples and elements borrowed from a classic chunk of early '80s disco-boogie. You'll find a similar ethos at the heart of Rela's blissful, R&B/Balearica fusion "So Beautiful", too. Elsewhere, Booshank peppers a rock solid proto-house groove with alien electronics and swirling vocal samples, while Paz expertly rearranges a killer Afrobeat excursion.
23 Oct 17
Too Hot To Handle - (7:32) 119 BPM
Passion Fruit - (5:09) 103 BPM
Rebel Disco - (6:42) 111 BPM
Played by: YAM WHO?
Review: Athens based C Da Afro is radio Producer and owner Of Nitro Radio 102.5 FM. He delivers some neon-lit boogie down funk on his new offering entitled "Too Hot To Handle". With previous releases on Editorial Records, Spa In Disco, Alpaca Edits and fellow Greek George Kelly's Chop Shop Music: this guy certainly ain't messing around! For something a bit more low-slung (and definitely slo-mo) we'd say next offering "Passion Fruit" is certainly a tip for the early evening or late night alike. Finally "Rebel Disco" gets some swagger on via a '70s rock/disco fusion reminiscent of Frank Farian's legendary work in the era. These edits certainly are obscure enough (by our standards anyway) and certainly sound respectful - which is the main thing. Above all they are reliable dancefloor fodder for any discerning nu-disco DJ and we'd recommend them for sure.
06 Feb 17
You Don't Know - (6:26) 118 BPM
Tell Me Something - (6:20) 107 BPM
Say You'll Be - (5:35) 106 BPM
Review: Greek re-editor and remixer C Da Afro was one of the nu-disco success stories of 2016, so hopes are naturally high for his first outing of 2017. Lost In Echo is predictably strong, offering up a trio of tracks that gleefully blurs the boundaries between re-editing and original production. We're particularly enjoying the low-slung disco-funk grooves, fluid additional percussion hits, breezy vocals and dub disco effects of "Say You'll Be Mine", though sweet, boogie-based opener "You Don't Know" - all meandering organ lines, loved-up chord progressions, rubbery guitars and sing-along vocals - is arguably the EP's most floor-friendly moment. The pitched-down disco camp of "Tell Me Something" is pleasingly dubbed-out, too.
20 Jun 16
I've Got This Feeling - (5:11) 114 BPM
Soul Groove - (6:16) 120 BPM
You Make Me Feel So Good - (4:56) 119 BPM
Review: Grecian DJ/producer C Da Afro is beginning to build up an impressive discography. Impressively, Midnight Riot is the 20th label he's released on to date. Soul Grooves is his first EP for the imprint, and contains a quartet of floor-friendly tracks that sit somewhere between remixes, re-edits and original productions. So while "Soul Groove" is based heavily on Matsubara's Paradise Garage fave "S.O.S (Society Of Soul)", C Da Afro has added a swathe of new synthesizer parts to compliment the original's killer jazz-funk guitars. We must presume the same process has been followed on the tactile electrofunk bomb "I've Got This Feeling", and the almost overpowering synthesizer bliss of Balearic boogie closer "You Mae Me Feel So Good".
12 Mar 18
The Shadow - (6:21) 122 BPM
Moving On Up - (6:21) 117 BPM
Playboy Boogie - (6:06) 118 BPM
Review: When it comes to serving up floor-friendly re-edits of largely overlooked disco and boogie cuts, few producers hit the mark quite as consistelt as C Da Afro. The Greek producer has delivered tasty reworks for a dizzying array of labels over the years, none more so than the mighty Midnight Riot. He's at it again here, too, with what we believe to be his fifth outing on Yam Who's label. Choose between the rolling, jazz guitar-laden disco-funk bump of "The Shadow", the filter tricks and effervescent synthesizer/piano solos of cheery disco-boogie shuffler "Moving On Up" and the sparkling, Italo disco-meets-electrofunk brilliance of title track "Playboy Boogie",
which is arguably the strongest moment on another fine EP.
19 Oct 15
Feel My Life - (5:47) 109 BPM
Together (guitar mix) - (5:13) 115 BPM
Bad Disco Lady - (5:15) 124 BPM
Review: Grecian producers C Da Afro and J.B Boogie first joined forces last year, releasing an E.P of filter-heavy disco/house fusions on SpinCat Records. Here, the Athens-based duo delivers more similarly celebratory, party-ready fare for Midnight Riot. They begin with the rolling, 109 BPM goodness of "Feel My Life", a delicious fusion of sparkling synths, glittery guitar lines, smooth vocals and head-nodding grooves. "Together (Guitar Mix)" craftily turns a lesser-known, mid-tempo boogie jam into a guitar and synth solo-laden, eyes-closed monster. Best of all, though, is the shirts-off pomp of "Bad Disco Lady", which gains much of its dancefloor power thanks to the combination of extended, filter-laden breakdowns and notable drops.
26 Mar 18
Easy Livin' (feat Mr Beale - Yam Who? edit) - (6:40) 117 BPM
Nothing Sweet (feat Mr Beale) - (5:30) 112 BPM
Nothing Sweet (instrumental) - (5:30) 112 BPM
Easy Livin' (instrumental) - (5:13) 115 BPM
Easy Livin' (feat Mr Beale) - (5:13) 115 BPM
22 Dec 14
Jump (feat J Squared) - (4:26) 122 BPM
Pumpin' It Up - (5:48) 114 BPM
You're The One - (6:20) 108 BPM
Melody - (6:34) 108 BPM
Played by: JimmyTheTwin
Review: Such Is Yam Who's commitment to nu-disco, that even during the festive season his Midnight Riot label is pumping out numerous winter warmers. This Jump EP contains four retro-futuristic joints all of which are culled from only the most neon lit of '80s dancefloors. Highlights include the chopped up robo-funk "Jump", the slow and low, leather tracksuited bassy grind "You're The One" and the tougher, electronic rare groover "Melody".
17 Apr 17
Why Waste Your Time - (6:51) 126 BPM
Why Waste Your Dub - (6:20) 126 BPM
Who's At The Front Door - (5:36) 120 BPM
Review: Having previously tasted success by delivering re-edits and reworks of disco and boogie cuts, the latest Midnight Riot missive flips the script. It features rising house producer Chaka Kenn delivering reworks that pay tribute to the glory days of house in the late 1980s. "Why Waste Your Time" is a perfectly executed revision of a well-known favourite from the turn of the '90s, with the producer making great use of the original's sparking piano riffs, synthesized string stabs, bouncy synth bassline and snippets of the familiar vocal. It's accompanied by an arguably even stronger Dub and "Who's At The Front Door", which seemingly stitches together bits from classic deep house tracks that all have the same title (listen, and you'll get what we're on about).
16 Oct 17
Simple City - (6:26) 120 BPM
Everybody Follows A Leader (Retro dub) - (6:32) 120 BPM
Sesh 1 (feat M Christian - Disko Tech) - (6:48) 120 BPM
Feel Good Today - (7:04) 120 BPM
Talk About Free Love - (8:32) 117 BPM
Review: The re-edit scene's tallest, most hirsute scalpel fiend invites us to step aboard the Millennium Falcon for a five-track party of intergalactic proportions. There's naturally much to set the pulse racing, from the epic, proto-house style delays and sharp synth stabs of sleazy electrofunk chugger "Everybody Follows A Leader (Retro Dub)", to the hard, sax-laden disco funk romp of "Feel Good Today" and locked-in Balearic deep house trip of "Talk About Free Love". Also impressive is the hairy one's loose, jazzy and rolling hook-up with Disko Tech sort M Christian, "Sesh 1". In other words, it's another strong set of reworks from a galaxy far, far away.
27 Mar 17
Cosmo Disco - (6:20) 118 BPM
To The Party - (6:45) 112 BPM
YTOFM - (7:54) 118 BPM
Gonna Make You Feel - (7:19) 116 BPM
Review: UK comer Chewy Rubs (Deep Sense/Chopshop/Situation Sounds) is up next for London's Midnight Riot. It's all things retro ("Cosmo Disco"), slo-mo ("To The Party") and indeed lo-slung ("Gonna Make You Feel"), these four lush and loopy disco jams that still retain their dusty and vintage sensibilities and are quality jams that are welcome additions to any serious Disco Stu's arsenal.
20 Jan 14
Universal Love - (7:12) 118 BPM
Party & Get On Down - (7:24) 114 BPM
Ill Tell You - (7:22) 123 BPM
Let It Lay - (8:25) 116 BPM
Played by: Brett Johnson
Review: Unheralded re-edit master Chewy Rubs pops up on Midnight Riot with four more tried-and-tested chunks of discoid gold. The rubbery, delay-laden boogie of "Universal Love" - think slap-bass, echoing vocal samples, synth squiggles and shuffling house drums - kicks things off, before "Party On & Get Down" successfully rearranges a smooth disco-funk shuffler. There's a dash of subdued disco bounce in the shape of "I'll Tell You", before "Let It Lay" delivers the knock-out punch - a righteous chunk of squidgy P-funk with just the right amount of delay-laden low-slung disco flavour. All four tracks are expertly teased and tweaked, suggesting they'll prove popular on disco floors over the next few months.
13 Oct 14
Thru The Night - (7:01) 110 BPM
Truth - (7:41) 115 BPM
Love Sunday - (6:24) 111 BPM
If U Want Me - (6:12) 105 BPM
Pressure - (5:02) 96 BPM
Your Girl - (5:10) 100 BPM
Review: Combining tech house with a disco sound may not seem an obvious pairing, but that is where this London producer is coming from, and he does it extremely well. "Thru The Night" is dreamy, housed up, electro-soul, "Truth" adds trancey gospel to the mix and "Love Sunday" sprinkles some spaced out disco dust on the Cherille/Alexander O'Neal classic Saturday Love. It's all mesmerising snowflakes-at-night deep and electro-house on "If U Want Me". "Pressure" is fluffy clouds o'clock - all blissed out electro-pop- whilst "Your Girl" ends things on a haunting disco high.
11 Sep 17
Hounds (Yam Who? remix) - (7:00) 122 BPM
Hounds - (6:49) 115 BPM
Repose (Crystal Touch remix) - (4:01) 113 BPM
Repose - (7:25) 113 BPM
25 Jul 16
Step Into The Mood - (6:06) 110 BPM
Disco Poison - (5:39) 115 BPM
Hope You Feel The Same - (5:01) 115 BPM
Funkador - (5:39) 125 BPM
Played by: YAM WHO?, Alan Dixon, Massimo Vanoni (The Smoker), BRENDON P, 80's Child, Henri Le Blanc, Disco Funk Spinner(DFS)
Review: Dexter Jones is an artist so new he hasn't even finished his SoundCloud profile yet. This, ladies and gentlemen, is how Yam Who? roll when searching for the latest talent for their Midnight Riot label. He may be a newbie but Jones has the production chops of a veteran. "Step Into The Mood" starts things with some tight funk guitar, bongo rhythms and falsetto vocals. Next, "Disco Poison" is all about mellow keys and afternoon poolside fantasy, "Hope You Feel The Same" is pure 80s chrome and carpet slap-bass-boogie and "Funkador" is a dreamy up tempo disco house serenade.
04 Sep 17
Innocence - (4:22) 105 BPM
Abigale - (5:49) 103 BPM
Do You - (5:50) 112 BPM
Amour Inconditionnel - (4:41) 120 BPM
Played by: YAM WHO?, Juno Recommends Disco, J&M BROTHERS, LIMPODISCO, Stephen Richards, Andy Buchan, Chugginedits, Disco Funk Spinner(DFS), Cuz Electric
Review: Greek producer Dim Zach has been successfully plying his trade as a DJ - and latterly producer - for the best part of three decades. Innocence marks the first appearance on Midnight Riot from the self-styled "Balearic vibes master". He hits the ground running, doffing a cap to the rush-inducing electrofunk-soul of Imagination on dreamy synth-heavy opener "Innocence". In true Balearic fashion, he reaches for the acoustic guitars on tactile, 103 BPM shuffler "Abigail" before gently jogging into sun-kissed nu-disco territory on chiming, Italo-disco influenced bubbler "Do You". Those looking for a more peak-time tempo should head to "Amour Inconditionel", a wonderfully rich and colourful tribute to classic Italian dream house full of whispered female vocals, tumbling chords and looped organ riffs.
20 Mar 17
Played by: JOUTRO MUNDO, YAM WHO?, J&M BROTHERS, Sunner Soul, LIMPODISCO, SITUATION, Henri Le Blanc, Disco Funk Spinner(DFS)
Review: Prolific scalpel sort Disco Funk Spinner returns to Midnight Riot with another double dose of tried-and-tested re-edit business. Many diggers will recognize the source material for "Yes U Can", a 1982, P-funk flavoured jam from a roller-boogie great (and his macho accomplice) that the Disco Funk spinner has subtly toughened up and straightened out via the use of organic sounding additional percussion. In contrast, "Inch of a Prince" is a sleazy, seductive, eyes-closed disco smoker full of breathy female vocals, crisp guitar licks, sparkling melody lines and a suitably elastic bassline. Like its predecessor, it's a rock solid edit that should suit all those who like to sprinkle a little eccentric disco magic into their sets.
13 Feb 17
Review: For the latest release on his prolific Midnight Riot label, Yam Who has parachuted in special scalpel agents Disco Troopers. The all-action All Night Long EP is a perfect showcase of their style, which blends big disco samples and even larger beats with original electronic elements inspired by acid house and Italo-disco. The EP's headline attraction is undoubtedly opener "All Night Long", which underpins surging orchestral disco samples with heavy analogue bass and crunchy house beats. The strangely familiar "Eleven" sees them expertly blended druggy TB-303 motifs with spacey chords and Italo-disco style arpeggio lines, while "Howlin" is a fuzzy, cosmic disco vocal cut for dancefloors that like their grooves wavy and psychedelic.
07 Aug 17
Floor Wax - (4:09) 110 BPM
Bones To Pick - (5:34) 103 BPM
Table Manners - (4:21) 102 BPM
Shunters - (7:00) 123 BPM
Played by: YAM WHO?, Superbreak, Ear Trumpet (The Weekend Soul), Hober Mallow, Chugginedits, Henri Le Blanc, Disco Funk Spinner(DFS)
Review: Yam Who? have always worn their disco hearts on the disco sleeves. Here however they've gone covert, signing DL Edits to their Midnight Riot label. The results are five shifty edits that get up to all kinds of shizzle when no one's looking. First we get "Floor Wax" which is irresistible early 80s pop-rap with a little modern umph in the drums dept. Next up is "Bones To Pick" sees a tight, 70s style funk riff cruise underneath a husky hip-hop vocal. "Table Manners" is classic mid 80s linn drum soul and lastly "Shunters" wraps things up with some furious and frenetic Afrobeat mayhem.
06 Mar 17
Hustler - (6:50) 117 BPM
Power - (5:52) 120 BPM
Slyde The Boogie - (7:12) 117 BPM
Party - (6:48) 124 BPM
Review: Don Dayglow is the new disco rework project from Abu Dhabi-based DJ/producer Adam Hignell, who originally rose to prominence under the Ewan Hoozami alias. As you'd expect, Power is full of party-friendly treats, from the filtered disco loops, percussive build-ups, heavily worked samples and Leroy Burgess style vocals of "Hustler", to the hard-wired P-funk cut-ups of "Slyde 2 Boogie" and high-octane disco-funk heaviness of "Party", which accompanies an all-new arrangement of a well-loved classic with tasty new percussion. Arguably best of all, though, is "Power", an irrepressible disco-boogie romp full of rubbery slap bass, punchy horns, celebratory vocals and addictive synthesizer flourishes.
08 Feb 16
Dot 40 - "I Believe" - (8:27) 106 BPM
GG - "Salsa" - (6:45) 123 BPM
Fatneck - "Circulate" - (7:55) 105 BPM
A Digital Needle - "Who Is He" - (8:04) 120 BPM
Cid & Fancy - "On The Road Again" - (8:24) 132 BPM
Played by: YAM WHO?, Superbreak, JP Source, DJ MOAR_JAY AIRINESS (Venice Beach), Juno Recommends Disco, Massimo Vanoni (The Smoker), Marathon Edits, 80's Child, Disco Funk Spinner(DFS)
Review: Midnight Riot's latest re-edit/rework outing is an all-star affair, with a variety of cheeky scamps delivering a track each. Dot 40 manage to turn in a genuinely revelatory version of a classic in "I Believe", which impressively chops and loops a Jackson Sisters' classic before unleashing the song's party-starting powers as it progresses. GG re-invents a Modern Romance classic as a spiraling, Latin nu-disco throbber, while A Digital Needle make merry with another familiar disco-soul classic, impressively teasing out the vocal and instrumental solos. Best of all, though, is Fatneck's "Circulate", which subtly breathes new life into a White Isle-friendly blue-eyed soul classic.
08 Sep 14
Touch Of Magic (epic voyage) - (7:53) 104 BPM
I Wanna Know - (6:17) 106 BPM
Papa Told Me - (5:18) 118 BPM
Paradise - (6:13) 110 BPM
Taxis In Space - (5:24) 110 BPM
Work It Out - (5:51) 102 BPM
Review: Although known as a nu-disco re-edit label, Midnight Riot regularly prefers the synthy, glitzy soul side of the '80s. No problem there, as much of that stuff crossed over to the disco side of things in that wonderful era of musical cross-pollination. Leading the charge is "Touch Of Magic", which basically takes all the best bits of Rose Royce's 1984 tropical synth-soul gem Magic Touch and makes it ten times better, Elsewhere we get a further five more slices of this shizzle including the deep, almost Balearic "Paradise" and the totally buggin' freak funk of "Taxis In Space".
07 Mar 16
Hot - (6:16) 118 BPM
Don't Want To Stop - (7:14) 116 BPM
Take It - (4:53) 117 BPM
The Disco Beat - (6:01) 107 BPM
Review: Guildford-based Evil Smarty is arguably best known for his collaborative work with Bad Barbie, though he has previously put out solo releases on Tonbe's Disco Fruit imprint. Here, he goes it alone once more, delivering a four-track missive of cheery reworks for Midnight Riot. "Hot" is a prize chunk of rolling disco-house built around a rising and falling piano line, jaunty horns, occasional synths and a booming groove. "Don't Want To Stop" is a starry disco-funk affair that benefits greatly from a beefed-up bassline and notable Clavinet lines, while "Take It" sees him charge off successfully into Afro-funk territory. Finally, he slows things down a little on the dreamy and loved-up "The Disco Beat".
25 May 15
The Paradise - (6:38) 120 BPM
Yes, I'm Sorry (FabioLous Re Based Funk mix) - (6:21) 114 BPM
Tattoo (FabioLous anthem mix) - (6:16) 121 BPM
Make Love To Me - (6:51) 122 BPM
Limbo - (6:26) 112 BPM
Review: An Argentinian born, London dwelling, veteran DJ with about three decades experience of rocking dancefloors, Fabiolous Barker is a seasoned pro. Here he delivers more of his hard-hitting disco house reworks for Midnight Riot. There's a maturity to these tunes - with highlights including the deep and synthy sauce-house grinder "The Paradise", the campy '70s disco-rocker "Tattoo" and the cool Miami freestyle electro restyling of Bryan Ferry's "Limbo". Sophisticated boogie!
21 Sep 15
Liquid Gold - (6:52) 123 BPM
Music (Yam Who? re-edit) - (7:46) 126 BPM
The Real Thing - (6:54) 122 BPM
Music (Jack To The Sound mix) - (5:52) 126 BPM
NRG - (5:16) 122 BPM
Played by: YAM WHO?, Dr Packer, Evil Smarty, Alan Dixon, Le Visiteur, FabioLous Barker, Charlie brown superstar, Olivier (La Freund Recordings)
Review: Argentinian-in-London seems to be building up something of a head of steam this year, delivering a swathe of fine releases on the likes of Sound Exhibitions, Masterworks Music, Hotbox Music and Midnight Riot. Here he returns to the latter with more tried-and-tested blends of disco re-edits and groovy house rhythms. His default mode - as expertly outlined on the soaring sweetness of "The Real Thing" and "Liquid Gold" - is effortless party starting, offering exactly the right balance between 21st century house swing and cheery disco authenticity. The EP also boasts a couple of reworks-of-edits, most notably from Midnight Riot boss Yam Who. His chunky, loopy version of "Music" is an undoubted EP highlight.
23 Mar 16
Rescue My Love - (5:13) 121 BPM
Want U Back - (8:10) 119 BPM
Bottoms Up - (6:36) 104 BPM
The Touch (Funkahouse) - (5:17) 104 BPM
Cool Jam - (4:51) 125 BPM
26 Dec 16
19 Jun 17
Inside Out - (6:26) 95 BPM
2 Late - (6:13) 97 BPM
Meltin Melton - (7:25) 114 BPM
Somebody Else - (6:36) 107 BPM
Review: To us the name Frank Virgilio conjures up impressions of an Italian-American medallion man, a master of disco, strong cologne and exposed chests (of all kinds). The distinct waft of the 1970s will emanate from your speakers when you press play. There are four tough and strutting cuts here, as hard hitting as Rocky. "Inside Out" sees the Gibbs take ecstasy and get looped outta their minds, "2 Late" is a slow, New Beat style re-edit of an electro soul gem and "Meltin Melton" is a loose and live heavy funk cut. Lastly "Somebody Else" ends things with some serious, chopped-up attitude.
09 Apr 18
Night Of My Life (full vocal mix) - (5:10) 118 BPM
Night Of My Life (vocal edit mix) - (2:54) 118 BPM
Night Of My Life (instrumental mix) - (5:11) 118 BPM
Review: UK production duo Michael Gray and Jon Pearn aka Full Intention are back, making a surprising appearance on London nu-disco heroes Midnight Riot. Rest assured that it's a fitting home for these legends and their irresistible vocal driven anthems - these guys have worked with everyone from Jamiroquai to Ultra Nate and many more. With a bit of help from highly qualified record label exec/artist manager Nick Halkes (who forged his reputation by founding both the XL Recordings and Positiva labels) and featuring Bournemouth based chanteuse Jazz Morley's powerful vocal delivery, "Night Of My Life" is sexy and down right scorching nu-disco done right. Features Gray and Pearn's immaculate, signature production technique throughout.
27 Apr 15
Never Danced - (6:27) 122 BPM
So In Love - (5:44) 106 BPM
Don't You Want Me (Minnie Extension) - (8:00) 120 BPM
Review: Scalpel fiend Justin Green dons his GG Edits guise for another outing on Midnight Riot, some 10 months on from his last outing. As usual, there's much for dusty-fingered crate diggers to enjoy. Opener "Never Danced" is an undulating, string-laden disco singalong, with Green getting just the right balance between the bold vocals and extended instrumental passages. "So In Love" is a loose, baggy and hugely enjoyable extension of a familiar soul classic, while "Don't You Want Me (Minnie Extension)" takes a trip into the world of rare groove and '80s soul, adding some booming - if pleasingly swinging - percussion to cater for the needs of 21st century dancefloors.
20 Nov 17
Review: Edoardo Barbi first donned the Gledd alias earlier this month, contributing two Afro-tinged reworks to About Disco's On The Afro Funk Trail EP. This time round, he's in full on peak-time disco mode. Check, for example, opener "Better", where familiar horn lines and spacey synth solos cluster around his tactile grooves and carefully arranged Latin disco style samples. Barbi reaches for the filters on "NY City", a pleasingly loose but bass-heavy cut that borrows extensively from a once popular disco-funk workout, before rounding off proceedings via the thrillingly riotous, horn-heavy stomp of sweaty closer "Foxy".
12 Dec 16
Check That Attitude - (4:38) 118 BPM
The Feelings Right - (4:52) 118 BPM
In The Groove - (5:28) 117 BPM
Review: Those with good memories may remember GMGN's first outing on Midnight Riot, 2015's Striped Red EP. It was something of a party-starting affair, with the Boston-based producer gleefully joining the dots between surging house, dusty disco, and punchy, electro-influenced breaks. This follow-up is similar in ethos, but sticks more closely to a sample heavy disco-house blueprint. First he works the filters hard on sweet shuffler "Check That Attitude", before letting the orchestration and vocals flow on the similarly minded "The Feeling's Right" (which, it seems, doffs a rather large cap to Michael Jackson). Finally, he reaches for the rubbery disco-funk bass on the chunky, undercover bounce of "In The Groove".
02 Nov 15
Make Lemons Not War - (5:07) 125 BPM
Striped Red - (4:16) 120 BPM
Cashford & Pimpson - (4:17) 125 BPM
Senior Runner - (5:12) 123 BPM
Sterling Red - (5:01) 124 BPM
Review: Boston, Massachusetts-based Brit Ben Adams has previously contributed tracks to Midnight Riot compilations, so it's little surprise to see him being given a full EP on which to showcase his wares. Under the GMGN guise, Adams has developed a sound that joins the dots between surging, party-friendly house, disco re-edits, and punchy, electro-influenced breaks. That fun-time, floor-friendly blend is evident through the five tracks here, from the sweaty bump of opener "Make Lemons Not War", to the bustling, bass music-influenced disco-house throb of "Senior Runner". Arguably the best of a strong bunch of "Striped Red", which sees Adams' make merry with weighty beats, crunchy looped guitars, tweaked filter effects and some seriously heavy horn solos.
24 Aug 15
Saving My Love In - (4:50) 124 BPM
Hesitate - (5:32) 109 BPM
Definate Strangeness - (5:19) 115 BPM
Who Do You Think You Are - (4:36) 100 BPM
Played by: DAVE GERRARD, Groove Motion, PHIL DISCO, FINGERMAN, YAM WHO?, Robjamweb, Juno Recommends Disco, TURNTILL, BRENDON P, 80's Child, Chugginedits, Charlie brown superstar, Alioscia mele
Review: Another week, another new set of high grade re-edits from the Midnight Riot label. This time round, label boss Yam Who hands a debut to Stafford-based Dave Gerrard and Rob Bairstow's Greyskooledits project. Predictably, they head straight for peaktime dancefloors with opener "Saving My Love In", a brilliantly cut-up, hustlin' rework of a well-known disco classic. They dip the tempo a little on "Hesitate", impeccably stretching out and tweaking Salsoul Orchestra's "Runaway" for modern dancefloors. Even better is "Definite Strangeness", a brilliantly dubbed-out, beatbox electro tweak of Barbara Mason's "Another Man", while "Who Do You Think You Are" sees the duo brilliantly chop-up funk classic "Mr Big Stuff" in a vintage hip-hop breaks style.
27 Jul 15
To The Music - (7:48) 115 BPM
Money - (7:27) 112 BPM
Nothing Can - (7:18) 108 BPM
So Good To Me - (7:45) 115 BPM
Played by: DAVE GERRARD, Groove Motion, DJ LAUREL, FINGERMAN, YAM WHO?, Dr Packer, Tonbe, Alan Dixon, DJ P-SOL, BRENDON P, 80's Child, Charlie brown superstar
Review: Hampshire-based Groove Motion - AKA DJ/production duo Wayne Altham and Jack Henwood - describe their style as "bangin' soulful music". Certainly, there's plenty of soul to be found throughout this debut release for Midnight Riot. Throughout, they impeccably blur the boundaries between re-edits, remixes and original productions, delivering new takes on classic tracks with plenty of cool musical flourishes. Check, for example, the deliciously evocative piano solos on their breezy house version of The Jones Girls' "Nights Over Egypt" (here renamed "To The Music"), or the sparkling guitars and tactile chords of Sade re-cut "Nothing Can". There's also a cheery, sun-flecked goodness to "So Good To Me", their house-friendly version of Donald Byrd's Paradise Garage classic "Love Has Come Around".
06 Jul 15
Headstrong - (6:32) 117 BPM
Fade To Blue - (6:02) 118 BPM
Bottlejack Stripdown - (5:56) 120 BPM
50 Dog, 100 Dog - (7:48) 116 BPM
Review: North Sea dweller and nu-disco diver Headpocket hasn't rested on his laurels since the recent release of his Tubular Vision album, already returning with this Tropical Golf EP on the mighty Midnight Riot. There are four new sizzlers here, all of which veer on the deep side of things but it different ways: "Headstrong" is synth-drenched 80s disco-soul, "Fade to Blue" is soothing piano house, "Bottlejack Settledown" fuses holiday cocktail-house vibes with live funk guitar, but best of all is "50 Dog 100 Dog" which is a deliciously melancholic sunkissed Balearic/Italo-disco instrumental. Gorgeous!