Review: British vocalist Ali Love (of Hot Natured fame) teamed up with Nicky Night Time and acclaimed Frenchman Breakbot on the low slung disco joint "Ubiquity" earlier this year, where he delivered his typically smooth-as-silk vocal delivery over a smooth groove - with an undeniably 'French Touch'. They are all back together again on Los Angeles-based label Music To Dance To with this hot remix package that is equally as worthy of your attention. Highlights come from the ever reliable Eric 'Dr. Dunks' Duncan (Rub 'N' Tug), who takes the track into infectious nu-disco territory, while the label's hometown hero Lubelski delivers a sensual late night mood music rendition.
Lubelski, Randy Ry - "Feeling A Vibe" - (6:18) 127 BPM
The James Brown Track - (6:33) 127 BPM
Lubelski - "Anxiety" - (6:21) 126 BPM
Review: With sampled, dusty drums and male soul vox, the title track here sounds like something Osunlade or Opolopo might come up with for Classic, while 'Anxiety' adopts an even more wonky, cut-up approach and will appeal to fans of, say, Chicken Lips or Headman. The EP's other two tracks are a tad more accessible/commercial: any veterans of the mid-90s handbag wars will smile upon hearing 'Feeling A Vibe', as Chrissy Ward's 'Right And Exact' vocal gets chopped 'n' looped in rambunctious disco-tech fashion then spiked with a little punk-funk attitude, while as for 'The James Brown Track' - well, you can guess who that one samples, can't you?!
Review: Jerk Boy and Frames have both previously released solo EPs on Club Sweat, though this collaborative outing on Los Angeles label Music To Dance To is their first joint effort. And what an effort! 'Les Tropicool' sits somewhere between a re-edit and an original production, with the pair adding life-affirming, hum-along female vocalizations to a warm, sultry and cowbell-laden fusion of strutting house drums, tactile electric piano chords, Brazilian disco samples and a killer dub disco style bassline. The accompanying "Nicky Night Time Dance Version" is arguably even more addictive, with some of the traditional disco instrumentation being replaced by squelchy nu-disco synth stabs, a weightier house groove and even more loose-limbed and life-affirming Latin style percussion hits.