Review: Jules Dickens takes time out from his production school to present this lavish slab of vocal house. Complete with soul-stirring vocals from Elliot Chapman, it's the type of track that screams for sunset sessions from the off. Hooky and heavenly, there's a perfect balance between groove weight and melodic softness. For slightly more cosmic touch head for Jules' own remix where a Lindstrom style chug is added to the mix. Politely insistent and distinctively dreamy, this one has summer hit written all over it.
Review: DJ Butcher and BnC roll up another phatty with this new three-tracker on Our Records, and if you're looking for a bit of old-school hip-hop action then this is the joint for you. "Get Your Roll On" comes in three versions: the original lick that spills the absolute truth over a fun and upbeat, piano-led groove with absolutely no worries at its core; an instrumental cut just in case you want to mix this up with a bit of house, and a sweet acapella for all your editing, sampling and looping needs. Man!
Review: In full defiance of the season, disco edit duo Capitan Futuro (DJ Butcher and BnC) are back with a new slice of ridiculously tropical fun. "Oye Mami" is a total cocktail party by the pool jam - all Latin brassiness, light cumbia beats and a cheery vocal from Pedro Santana. On remix duty Tom Drummond keeps the vibe authentic buts beefs things up by largely turning up the bass. Christmas? That's like, months away - have another margherita!
Review: George Kelly's most recent appearance on his Our Records label was something of a slick, soulful treat, with vocalist Andre Esput lending his honeyed tonsils to a pair of luscious nu-boogie gems. "Uptempo Cruise" is an altogether different beast. The "Club Version" is warm, rich and melodious, with Kelly peppering a shuffling nu-disco groove with jammed-out Rhodes keys, dreamy chords and undulating, acid-style electronics. The Grecian DJ/producer completely flips the script on the "Acoustic Mix", retaining the Rhodes lines but replacing the electronic groove with fantastic, Bossa-influenced live drums. This replacement rhythm gives the track a breezy, summer-fresh feel that's wholly in keeping with Kelly's hazy keys.
Review: Greek disco extraordinaire George Kelly continuously exceeds our expectations: the Chopshop boss presents not only the vocal talents of who is possibly the finest vocal talent of the moment (Andre Espeut) but also gets remixed by some right legends in nu disco and house music. From the man of the moment Dr. Packer on the neon-lit boogie down version of "I Got You", to Chicago 'Mushroom Jazz' champion Mark Farina on the sleazy and acid-inflected "Bright Lights" or when the British legend Meechan aka Chicken Lips delivering an electrifying version of "Tipsy Talkin": these guys seriously know their stuff!
Review: Chopshop regular George Kelly must be one of the busiest producers on the nu-disco scene. In 2015 alone he released a substantial amount of material on Audaz, Chopshop and Our Records. Here he returns to the latter, with modern soul vocalist Andre Espeut in tow, to lay down a couple of revivalist boogie jams with a contemporary nu-disco twist. Choose between the P-funk influenced cheeriness of "I Got You", and "Let Me Prove", a much more sensual and loose-feeling chunk of Amp Fiddler style deep house-soul. The latter comes accompanied by a tasty, Rhodes-heavy instrumental version.
Drifting Away (George Kelly Club dub) - (4:20) 122 BPM
Drifting Away (radio edit) - (3:46) 122 BPM
Review: Jack Stardust is a producer/DJ from the Netherlands. He claims that his influences reach far and wide, from the days of Studio 54 and Saturday Night Fever, through to more modern inspirations ranging from New York house and French Touch, which is apparent in his music. With his upcoming release "Drifting Away" on Our Records (which follows up great ones by Situation and the awesome George Kelly), Jack Stardust serves up an irresistible disco-fied funky house anthem, which takes us all the way back to the late '90s glory days of Hed Kandi and Defected. The vocals are super sultry too! Stardust is definitely the one-to-watch for 2018.
Review: Dublin-based duo JMRS have been working together for well over a decade, while they have almost 40 years experience in the music industry between them. It's perhaps unsurprising, then, that "False Pretences" is an assured production. The Radio Mix kicks things off, delivering a breezy blend of nu-disco bottom end, cheerful synth-pop melodies and quirky vocals. More suitable for dancefloor play is the chunkier dub, which adds some ricocheting percussive hits and a throbbing electro bassline to the mix for added midtempo sweatiness. West Country nu-disco types Situation deliver the obligatory remix, making more of the bassline and dubbing out the vocals to wonky levels of late night intoxication. They also add some snappy drum machine handclaps for a more robust analogue feel.
Review: Although he sounds like he could be a 1940s Hollywood dancer, or indeed a 1950s music hall entertainer, or possibly even a surreal hybrid of both, George Kelly is in fact the label owner of Our Records. He must know what he's doing because one of his first signings is the mighty Chicken Lips. Here we get Kelly's own sultry slice of slinky disco-house, "Tipsy Talkin", with the 'Lips providing two remixes: the club version (sleazy electro-house) and the dub (sizzling electro-disco). Get in!
Review: West Yorkshire collective Rubberlips have an interesting approach. Helmed by session trumpeter Robert Burbidge, the combo make music - with both electronics and real instruments, it should be noted - aimed at both the head and the feet. "Which Way To Go", featuring the impassioned vocals of Brandon Bennett, is arguably their strongest release to date. Smothered in strings, Burbidge's trademark trumpet and addictive electric bass, it sits somewhere between the grandiosity of Faze Action classic "In The Trees" and the baggy Balearic nu-disco of Reverso 68. Ilya Santana does a great job on his two remixes (one vocal, the other instrumental), adding even more synth-laden shuffle whilst retaining many of the excellent original instrumentation.
Review: West Country edit fiends turned nu-disco wizards Situation return, and this time they've got a bunch of top remix talent in tow. The original version of "Stand Tough" is typical of their sound; an attractive blend of shuffling, live-sounding disco drums, warm chords, chunky bass and deep house attitude. Greg Wilson and Derek Kaye step up first, dropping a version that adds a little more of a live feel, whilst retaining the original's synth-heavy, nu-disco vibe. More exciting - if less obviously in-your-face - is Pete Twin's version, an enticing fusion of upbeat hip-hop breaks, fizzing synths, acid squiggles and P-funk sassiness. Finally, Look Me In The Eyes delivers a shimmering, ultra-deep nu-disco interpretation.
Review: Gracing labels like Nang and ChopShop, Situation is also a regular on Our Records, and here the producer's 2014 It's A Beautiful Life album gets remixed. Dicky Trisco is the biggest name on the bill and Barry Reeves delivers a dubbed out, Rhode driven remake to the title-track, which is also taken on by Vampire Disco who bring out the tropicana vibe in their remix and it's all grimey bassline house in the Look Both Ways rework - that vocal! For straight up Detroit soul check out Bitter Suite's version of "Just On Me", while there's such danceability to the The Forgotton's remix of "I Wanna Feel Sunshine" - again, great work on the vocal! And for a bonus, boogie down to the instrumental version of the funkadelic "Keep It Cool".
Review: Perhaps wanting to branch out, here we find Serbian nu-disco don Tonbe on Our Records for the high octane Cactus Jack EP. There's three new tracks here, two of which - the title track and "Crazy Beat" - are all about high energy vibes and driving, tight, tough funk jams. The third, meanwhile, "Bedroom Action" is all about smoochy g-funk bounce.
Review: Prolific Firenze-based producer Tulioxi has been better known of late for releasing music that takes it's cue from early electro and Italo Disco - see the recent Heathcliff & Other Storeis EP for Flower Of Life. This double digital drop for the Our Records label signals a shift in focus however as Tulioxi picks up the guitar! Both the title track and "You Look Like A Mess" play on raw, bluesy riffs that ride sleazy stomping drums out of the glam school. The results comes across as a raw, Depeche Mode gone south of the border kinda vibe.
Review: Decorated London deep-houser Pied Piper dons his Whacque guise for a concept EP that digs deep into both Chi-town roots and the psychedelic magnetism of counter culture's many soundtracks. The result is four extended grooves that morph, mutate and develop with a lush organic sense of spirit. Highlights include the live bass's immense funk on "Undiluted Awareness", the hypnotic percussion, dreamy pads, flute flickers and Hendrix-style guitar twangs on "Psychotropic Allure" and the oceanic sonic pressure of the deep, penetrative "Black Magic".
Review: Producer George Kelly is determined to fill the world with good quality, taboo-bustin' music. To this end he divides his time between making bespoke sound libraries for other artists and putting out killer dance music via his Our Records label. Here he's in the latter mode, putting forward four fresh artists, each with a unique take on hazy house. Yveline's "Secrets" is Sasha Anastasov-style dreamy pop, Rubberlips goes for retro Loveboat vibes on "Which Way To Go" and it's all about the Italo-house pianos for Jonathan Ryno's "Summertime". Finally "Feel The Vibe" by Jus Tadi ends on a trippy, jazzy, wooze-out.