Review: Another outing for Norman and Dan's club monster from earlier in the year, this time complete with a remix from Poland's leading tech-house duo Catz N Dogz. Their re-rub is the most dramatic yet, and leans heavily towards the techno side of the tech-house equation: it opens with an insistent throbbing synth riff (think Moroder meets Jonny L's 'Ansaphone') that plays throughout, then tops it with a dramatic analogue lead line from the John Carpenter school of thought - as well, of course, as that distinctive "all the ladies in the house" vocal. Also included is the Original Mix, for anyone who didn't pick it up already.
Review: Little is known of the illusive Dorothy, also affectionately known as Django the Bastard. Word is they reside in a secret studio in El Santoro, Los Angeles. They emerge from cult underground status to present new track "Firefox" on the legendary Southern Fried Records. A neon-lit yet absolutely emotive piece of mood music taking in deep house, minimal and nu-disco influences all at once, and supported by the moody electro-noir of "Silencer". The latter goes for more of a Italo-ish dark disco vibe, which will appeal to fans of material on labels like Correspondant, Nein or Roam Recordings.
Review: There are two mixes of 'All The Ladies' to choose from here, but as one of them is the original 12-inch mix that we reviewed back in March, let's concentrate on the remix from man-of-the-moment Rebuke. He takes 'All The Ladies' down a darker, techier path, toughening up the drums, putting the vocal through the FX mangle and, most importantly, adding a rough-edged n' rave-y bass synth riff all of his own. No great surprises there, then, but it's safe to say his rub will extend the track's dancefloor longevity for at least a few more months.
All The Ladies (Lord Leopard's Xtra Funk mix) - (6:33) 128 BPM
All The Ladies (12" version) - (6:30) 128 BPM
All The Ladies (dub) - (6:23) 128 BPM
Review: You'd expect a collaborative single from two of the most renowned party-starters on the planet to be suitably sizable, and this first studio hook-up from Eats Everything and Fatboy Slim certainly fits the bill. In its original form (track two), "All The Ladies" is a stomping, sweat-soaked, energy-packed bounce-along crafted from a canny combo of thumping, kick-driven drums, booking bass, jazzy swing-time samples and the kind of cut-up hip-hop vocal snippets that have always been a massive part of Norman Cook's work. It comes backed by an arguably even sweatier dub, as well as a fine EP-opening rework from Bristol-based Lord Leopard. He imaginatively re-imagines the track as a loopy chunk of rubbery, disco-driven loop funk - think Basement Jaxx's "Red Alert" for the 21st century and you're close.
Review: Fatboy and Eats joining forces - and on Southern Fried to boot - is surely a prime example of "nominative determinism" in action. But it makes sense, too, because both the Brighton veteran and the Bristol not-so-veteran are known for a knack with a crowdpleasing tune, so to misquote 'Hart To Hart': when they came together, it was always gonna be moidah! We'll all probably be sick of it by August, but only because 'All The Ladies' - with its filtered, rolling drums, looped-up hip-house vocal, cheeky jazz brass and Pavlovian snare rolls - has Feelgood Hit Of The Summer written all over it.
Review: AB/DC is the powerful pairing of two industry heavyweights: New York legend Arthur Baker - whose contributions to electronic music as a producer and remixer extends all the way back to the early '80s and Britain's 'Baron Of Techno' Dave Clarke - still known as one of the scene's hardest working and revered DJs and whose seminal Red Series of 12"s in the mid '90s are integral to the sound's bloodline. Originally released in 2003, the looped-up and driving funk attack of "This Feeling" gets a deserved digital reissue by Southern Fried, plus a couple of modern renditions. MeMeMe head honcho Man Power gives the track a dirty disco flavour assisted by some hands in the air vocals and sleazy arpeggios, then London based disco head Cody Currie (Better Listen/Razor-N-Tape) delivers a suitably lo-slung perspective that's rather sexy indeed.
Review: Having finally drawn a line under their Spiral series after five colour-coded releases, tropical foliage enthusiasts Fluida return to Southern Fried Records with a typically humid single. "We're So Far" is warm, lucid and evocative, with exotic Indonesian instrumentation, dreamy chords and hushed jazz cymbals weaving their way in and out of a tactile, tech-house-meets-deep-house groove. As you'd expect, the track increases in intensity as it goes on thanks to the introduction of a foreboding bassline, but for the most part it's a hazy and quietly loved-up treat. Remixers Audiofly naturally take a slightly different approach, wrapping Fluida's raw and rough bassline and drowsy chords around an arpeggio-driven groove. It's a very fine rework, all told.
Review: Norman Cook still manages to remain relevant through three decades of electronic music. From his beginnings in indie act The Housemartins and chart toppers Beats International through to massive house 12's as Pizzaman and Mighty Dub Katz, to name but a few. His Fatboy Slim moniker has no doubt been his most successful venture, but unlike the funked up and party starting breaks of old, Cook now goes for a pumping electro house vibe on new single "Boom F**king Boom", a bass driven groove with a cheeky vocal refrain that takes its cues from current scene heroes such as Dirtybird or This Ain't Bristol.
Review: OK one more time: he's back! Brighton's favourite son Norman Cook (The Housemartins/Pizzaman) dons the Fatboy Slim alias once again for his new hit single "Where U Iz" on his esteemed Southern Fried imprint. Its release earlier back in 2017 came with some handy (not to mention nifty) remixes but here's one more to tide you over: courtesy of London's KDA (KDA Music/Ministry Of Sound) who injects the track with some sexy and entrancing latin drums, while working the dirty funky loops of the original into the mix rather nicely indeed.
Review: The legendary Norman Cook is back. The man known as Fatboy Slim and who brought us such generation defining hits such as "Praise You" and "The Rockerfeller Skank" amongst many others returns on his own revered Southern Fried imprint with yet another soulful and funky hoedown in the form of "Where U Iz" where lo-slung bass, sleazy disco guitars and hyped up jazz drums merge with Afro sensibiliser and some on point rhyming. Comes in the original 12" version plus a convenient radio edit too.
Review: One of Norman 'Fatboy Slim' Cook's many aliases in conjunction with Gareth Hansome, Mighty Dub Katz originally released "Let The Drums Speak" in 2002 on Southern Fried Records. It now gets some remix treatment by an all star cast with Mannheim tech house hero Butch stepping up to deliver a loopy and funked up rendition that will appeal to fans of DJ Sneak or Phil Weeks. The classic "Just Another Groove" from 1995 gets a makeover by Hamburg legend Boris Dlugosch but delivers more of an edit which doesn't deviate too far from the original, while Brit in L.A. Doorly's version is well funky tech house for party people.
Review: Fans of Brett Easton Ellis classic American Psycho will recognise Dorsia as the famously exclusive restaurant that nobody could get into. This Dorsia however, makes house music that everybody can get into, no guest list required. Released on the mighty Southern Fried, "Chateau D'if" is this duo's most high profile release yet. Despite only boasting two tracks, the quality is strong with this one - the title track being a titanium-plated melodic house anthem (soulful vocals, infectious piano stabs, 4/4 beats) without ever straying into cheesy territory. The true star here though is the deeper "Anxious", which features lower, moodier melodies and evocative synth work. Sublime.
Money Man (feat Stylo G - Fracture's Astrophonica dub) - (3:56) 80 BPM
Not This Time (Brennan Green remix) - (7:48) 103 BPM
See You (Fluida remix) - (8:00) 123 BPM
Son Of The Sun (MOTSA remix) - (4:31) 117 BPM
Unbuild It (Naum Gabo remix) - (7:04) 119 BPM
Modern Family (Roscius remix) - (5:57) 128 BPM
Mary Mary (Seahawks Deep Love For All Mankind remix) - (12:46) 106 BPM
Run Run Run (Martin Buttrich remix) - (11:11) 124 BPM
My Queen (Henrik Schwarz remix) - (6:41) 126 BPM
The Night Is Young (Patrice Baumel Dark Upon Us Rework) - (7:02) 125 BPM
Review: Back in 2009, Hot Chip's Joe Goddard and Raf Rundell came up with the idea of becoming a house-influenced duo called The Two Bears. All these years and two albums later its fairly safe to say that it was a good idea. Another good idea of theirs was to have their recent album, The Night Is Young, reworked by a host of hot producers. Highlights across the 12 impressive cuts here include the percussively apocalyptic Fluida remix of "See You", the malfunctioning electro-house of "Unbuild It (Naum Gabo mix)" and Patrick Baumel's trance-goth epic rework of the title track.
Review: You know you've made it when the likes of Fatboy Slim appears from semi retirement just to cover your hit tune. Here we have Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' massive retro-electro-boogie hit, "Uptown Funk", tackled in fine, groovy party style by mister Norman Cook with the help of Jerome Robins, and there's even a rap from Idris Elba.