Review: The ever-prolific Beatconductor returns with another heaving fistful of re-edits, this time on an Italo-disco and Balearic tip (who would have guessed from the title, eh?). There are five tracks to pick from, ranging from slo-mo oddness (the rather fine "Elephant Walk") to well-known floorfillers (another, albeit solid, version of Italo classic "Spacer Woman"). Stuffed in between are a couple of rock-tinged funtime groovers - the pompous "Wild Living" and lazy Balearo-rock of "Hot Passion" - and the spiralling "Infectious Disease", a chugging Italo bomb that just bristles with synth frippery and vocoder silliness.
Review: While there's no doubt that Ture Sjoberg has released some good records under the Beatfanatic guise, his best work has often been done under the Beatconductor pseudonym. Here he resurrects the name for a five-track stroll through some of his most successful recent re-edits and reworks in a Scando-learic style. So, we get a shorter version of his legendary Vangelis re-jig ("Let It Happen"), a smooth Roxy Music tweak ("Turn U On Again"), a longer edit of White Isle fave "Willow Man" and a seriously dubbed-out extension of old skool electro/cosmic disco groover "Le Club". Oh, and a super-Balearic remake of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In The Wall".
Review: In recent times, the mighty Beatconductor (AKA Beatfanatic) has spent far too much time re-editing strange Euro-disco and Balearic pop. We always thought this was a bit of a pity, given his immense skills and love of highgrade disco. Maybe he was subconsciously listening to our concerns, because "Sheriff" is his best for some time. It's pure disco gold, tweaking, teasing and gently extending an obscure, Western-themed disco/soul cut. The result is an undulating groover that boasts the sort of pin-sharp strings that sound like they're gently tumbling over the sassy, hustlin' disco-funk groove. Throw in a very cool vocal, and you've got something pretty special!
Review: Recent releases from veteran Swedish producer Ture Sjoburg under his Beatconductor guise have largely been hit-and-miss affairs, offering curiously tongue-in-cheek versions of old forgotten Eurodisco records. Thankfully, this new three-tracker largely hits the mark. Sjoburg achieves this by picking his source material carefully. There's a touch of housed-up Balearic yacht rock in the shape of "When I'm With You", a slick-but-faithfully dubby disco-soul groover ("Don't Forget The Dub") and what sounds like a delicious Marvin Gaye rework. With its expert MPC programming, eyes-wide-shut groovery and cute vocal, "Like A Rocket" has echoes of his infamous (and killer) Lionel Richie rework.
Review: Perennial re-edit type Ture Sjoberg has taken a few odd turns over recent years, cutting up strange old Eurodisco cuts and unlikely Balearic faves. Here he returns to what he does best, turning a trio of Philly soul classics into percussive disco beasts. Opener "Goodtime" is an exhausting, breathless romp with a near orgasmic pay-off - all thunderous 130 BPM beats, rasping horns and addictive vocals - while "More Philly Love" offers a delicious balance between string-laden, clav-heavy grooviness and soul-aching vocals. Thrillingly, there's also a chance to revisit his previously vinyl-only 2005 edit of the O'Jays "I Love Music", a ten-minute version that rotates around some seriously heavy disco percussion.
Review: Swedish disco producer Beatconductor has been carefully crafting his productions and edits since the halcyon days of GAMM, but he's lost none of his enthusiasm for the form. Just take a look at the massive catalogue of releases his Spicy imprint has accrued over the past few years. The Beachlife 'EP' represents the 56th Spicy release and features two great tracks. On "Don't" he throws down a wonderful edit of David Bowie's "Don't Look Down" from 1984 while on "Couldn't" he throws down yet another edit of Sade's "Couldn't Love You More" but hey you could never get enough of this track right?
Review: We've lost count of the number of re-edit releases that Ture "Beatfanatic" Sjoberg has put out over the past few years. While this kind of prolific output can lead to accusations of overkill, Sjoberg's EPs are rarely less than excellent. Here, he's in slo-mo, head-nodding mode, delivering a pair of Balearic chuggers that should put a smile on the face of all but the most miserable of dancers. "Movin" impressively turns a Phil Collins hit (much loved by the Idjut Boys) into a chugging, groovy, slo-mo house shuffler, while the slightly faster "Mirage" breathes new life into a synth-heavy, Latin-tinged jazz-funk cut. As is often the case with Sjoberg's output, the beat programming and arrangement are both spot on.
Review: Swedish producer Ture Sjoberg is a veteran with over 20 years of experience as Beatfanatic, Beatconductor and many other aliases. Originally starting during the original first boom of hip-hop and house, he delivered such classic albums as Adventures In The World Of No-Fi Beats and The Gospel According to Beatfanatic. Hands up if you remember those old blends on GAMM? Simply Beautiful is just that, a one track Beatconductor transmission from Sjoberg that sensitively updates Al Green's slow smoocher of the same name over seven minutes. Retaining most of the Reverend's '70s classic, Sjoberg has added some love-inducing 808 grooves for some late night amorous shenanigans. Smooth!
Review: This Swedish re-edit bounder Ture Sjoberg (aka Beatconductor and aka Beatfanatic), has had a chequered past with his many releases. Ranging from campy Eurodisco to 'serious' disco (is there such a thing?) he's never been shy with taking chances. Here we have a one-off release, which is a seven and a half minute retweaking of Fleetwood Mac's 1987 Balearic tune "You and I (Part 2)". Keeping Lyndsey Buckingham's impassioned croon and strum, Sjoberg lays down a new backing of claps and throbbing bass, instantly making the tune more club friendly.
Review: Hot on the heels of Swedish producer Ture Sjolberg's recent single "Fire & Pain" comes a special remix from the mighty Los Grandes boss Dynamicron. His signature nu-disco sound is put to great effect here, with the original being turned into a seven minute adventure into 80s darkrooms, full of dry ice and carrying the distinct whiff of amyl nitrate. Fuelled by an arpeggiated bassline and a hunger for decadence this electro-disco banger would make the great Patrick Cowley very proud.