Review: The track titles alone should give you a good idea what to expect of this three-tracker from Argentina's Jonathan Douglas Braverman, better known as Ladies On Mars. 'Disco Rock' kicks things off, an unashamedly camp little strutter with a Eurodisco bassline, Lipps Inc-ish strings and some killer 'pyow!' stabs. 'Dance Move' is a funkier affair that owes a debt of inspiration to Crown Heights Affair's 'Dance Lady Dance', before we're played out by 'Lunch Box Boogie', which is funkier still and features some fine parping sax. If you're drowning in a sea of cosmic, Italo and prog and looking for some PROPER disco, here it is...
Review: After drifting between digital labels over the last few years, Dutchican Soul has washed up on Salted Music, an imprint entirely suited to the Amsterdam artist's bumping blend of colouful, disco-tinged house. He starts in confident mood via 'Love Talk', a cheery disco-house roller rich in rubbery bass guitar, Nile Rodgers style guitars, D-Train synth squiggles and classic Gwen Guthrie vocal samples. The experienced producer opts for a deliciously retro-futurist, peak Inner City sound on 'I Want Your Love' - all dirty acid bass, warehouse-ready stabs and jacking drums - before opting for a woozier, hybrid deep house/nu-disco sound on glassy-eyed closing cut 'Can We Talk'.
Review: In keeping with the label's fine form of late, Salted Music's Autumn Selections EP is full to bursting with high-quality house music. Marco Corona leads the way with opener 'Yeah', a chunky, locked-in slab of hyonotic disco-house funkiness that makes great use of several synth samples from a couple of much-loved boogie classics. Paul 2 Paul's 'On My Mind' is a decent, disco-tinged deep house loop jam full of drum machine cowbells, tactile riffs and swirling chords, while NEO-X's 'Do You Realise' cannily combines squelchy bass, hazy vocal snippets, fuzzy electronic riffs and chunky house drums. Arguably best of all though is DJ Iaia's 'Dibango', a bass-heavy 'boompty' bumper that sounds tailor-made for sweaty peak-time moments.
Review: Following up some great releases on The Basement Discos, Yuna Beats and Smooth Flavor, Belgian producer George Cynnamon returns with some properly low slung heaters on his latest release for Miguel Migs' Salted label. Starting off with the sweltering disco loops of "Rockin By Myself" featuring a very familiar vocal loop from an early '90s Hi NRG classic (to wonderful effect!), Cynnamon then gets stuck into some smooth vocal deep house on "It Sure Feels Good", followed by the sultry late night mood music of "Another Way".
Review: Salted Music's warm and hazy deep house has always been reliably summery, though this multi-artist EP is even more sun-kissed than usual. Austins Groove does a terrific job setting the tone with 'Take Hold', where emotive female vocals, rave-ready riffs and thickset synth stabs bounce atop a chunky groove, before Rafael Yapudijan and Igor Cunha reach for the filters on flute-sporting, funk-flecked disco-house number 'When I'm In Your Arms'. Tom Conrad and Andy Robertson deliver an even hotter and warmer take on disco-house on the fabulous 'When It's Over' - all rubbery bass guitar, crispy snares, flanged guitars and hazy Rhodes chords - while Andy Bach's 'Bring Back The Joy' is a supremely squelchy fusion of disco, synth-boogie and deep house that will be putting smiles on faces all summer long.
Review: Veteran US label Salted have always had a fine ear for dancefloor-friendly deep house of the funk-fuelled and bumpin' variety, and this latest despatch from the San Francisco camp doesn't disappoint. 'Lovely' itself borrows the well-known "life can be so shady" vocal from C&C Music Factory's 'Keep It Comin', placing it atop a parping, organ-led groove and looping up the "I've got to keep on, you've got to keep on" section - dancing will ensue, mark our words! The accompanying 'Sweet Sunday', meanwhile, is a slab of bottom-heavy electronic funk augmented by soaring, summery brass and a spoken male vocal.
Review: Sometime Springbok and Chopshop regular Andy Bach has been impressively prolific in 2021, with this outing on long-established West Coast US deep house label Salted marking his fifth release of the year to date. He starts in confident mood with 'You Got My Love', a bold, filter-happy chunk of extra-heavy house music rich in old school female vocal snippets, undulating synthesizer motifs and sparkling disco samples. That disco influence comes to the fore on title track 'Body Heat', a thickset and energetic party rocker where Chic style guitar motifs and filter-smothered instrumentation rise above a bustling, bass-heavy beat, while closing cut 'Feel Alright' is the kind of cheery but chunky disco-house number that Ian Pooley used to knock out in his sleep.
Review: More deep jazzy mood music courtesy of Miguel Migs' Salted label out of San Francisco, on the eleventh edition in its Crossed Signals series. Czech producer Zetbee delivers the sensual late night groove of "Walking Over Me", Aussie upstarts TIGER MINDD deliver the sexy Sydney shuffle of "Tiger Crossing", while Brazilian Gustavo FK delivers the latin infused sunset bliss of "Jazz To Me" and British duo Delaines go for more of a Stateside sound on the sultry swing of "That's House" with its legendary vocal samples throughout.
Review: Some eminently floor-friendly deep house vibes here courtesy of long-running San Fran label Salted. 'That's That Boom' in its Original form is quite a techy, driving proposition by label standards, and rocks a hip-house style vocal from Louis Hale. Jared Gallo's remix adds jazzy piano licks and succesfully infuses the track with the kind of fat n' funky feel at which Salted productions have always excelled while keeping things nice and meaty, while elsewhere, 'Right Here' will be the pick for more soulful floors and 'Step Inside' is a very classy 3am dubwise excursion.
Review: It's been a productive year for Discosteps, with this Salted label debut appearing on the back of well-regarded singles and EPs for Moiss Music Black, Soul Beach and Tru Musica. The French producer shows his form from the off, teasing us on to the dancefloor via the classy nu-disco-meets-disco-house fusion of rubbery and celebratory opener 'Lost'. He steps it up further on title track 'Variations', a wonderfully deep and drowsy chunk of West Coast deep house that includes some attractive piano riffs, reverb-laden female vocal snippets and a groove so good you might want to go to bed with it. 'Infected', a chunky, bass-heavy slab of disco-house cheeriness with lashings of bass-propelled funk, completes a fine EP.
Review: Long-standing west coast deep house stalwarts Salted bring us a split EP from Duwayne Motley, who hails from South Carolina, and Rawbeetz, a native of Toronto in Canada. The former's 'Secrets' opens the EP, an archetypally Salted affair with its bumpin' deep beat and snatches of rap vocal, followed by the more soulful 'You & I' (feat Chris Dodson). RawBeetz then steps up with 'It's All About You', another fairly trad-style deep houser, before 'Now That I' plays us out on a slightly wonkier, more leftfield tip - a cut that wouldn't have sounded out of place on Madhouse.
Review: If you're looking for two undeniable slices of pure disco inspired house just like in the ol' days, Miguel Migs' entertaining Lost Messages has you covered. It's got all the de-tuned rhode chords you could hope for, string samples, filtered drums and deeper, cut up, and looped vocal snippets to remind you in a gospel kind of way about 'the power of music'. For a resonating, warehouse version of the discofied original, Salted Dub is the cut.