Review: Manchester-based label Supaearth continues to impress. Here the imprint welcomes prolific Greek producer C Da Afro to its growing roster. The Disco Fruit and Midnight Riot regular starts with a bang via "Disco Bandit", a bouncy chunk of peak-time electrofunk rich in colourful synths, squelchy electronic bass, tight scratches and rolling beats. Even bigger and bolder is slamming disco-house stomper "Straight Up Groove", whose ear-catching piano riffs also play a key role on Cuz Electric's snappy and loopy "Found Jack Remix". If that is not enough to set your pulse racing, we'd recommend checking the clips of horn-toting disco-house workout "Exploding Disco".
Review: After releases on the likes of Paper Disco, Particle Zoo and Midnight Riot, Rich Hall and Megan Jones come to Manchester's Supaearth with three slices of sumptuous, slinky nu-disco. 'Set Yourself Free' has a full female vocal, African chants and a dreamy, Stonebridge-esque feel, 'What You Want' starts out sounding quite electronic but soon drops down into something more soothing and soulful, and then 'Brenda' closes out the EP on a chunkier, more stripped-back note but still finds room for some euphoric hands-in-the-air piano moments. A classy EP that wears its influences proudly on its sleeve.
Review: The second single on Ruff Diamond's Supaearth label comes from Anglo-French producer Electric Diplomat, who creates a head-nodding, disco and boogie-fired backing track on which New York mic man Lord K.C.B can do his thing. The resultant "Main Mix" and "Radio Edit" are wonderfully catchy, with authentic disco and pop instrumentation combining to create an addictive chunk of life-affirming positivity. Label chief Ruff Diamond provides the remix, pushing up the tempo to suit peak-time floors whilst making the most of Electric Diplomat's fine synthesizer work. The result is little less than P-funk flavoured nu-disco gold. Like the fine "Main Mix", the Diamond geezer's version sounds like a hit in the making.
Review: Supaearth big cheese Ruff Diamond is a producer on the rise. Here his rather tasty track "Extra High" - which features contributions from TAZ and Wanja Janeva - is given the remix treatment. The Ruff one kicks things off with an extended "Here To Party" version of his own, which casts the track as a horn-toting slab of party-heavy disco funk with lashings of turn-of-the-80s style instrumentation and sturdy drums. Jet Boot Jack goes heavier on his rolling, bass-heavy disco-house revision, while Ladies On Mars give the cut a little more P-funk flavour on what we think is the standout revision. To round things off, Lempo mixes elements of Ruff Diamond's original version with rumbling sub bass and dreamy deep house style elements.
Review: Once upon a time, Chris Robinson AKA Ruff Diamond was an in-demand remixer reworking hits from the likes of Estelle and Beyonce. He's now returned to his disco roots with the launch of a new label, SuperEarth. Naturally, he provides the debut release, asking us to hold on to our hats as he attempts to "Rock The Discotheque". Robinson provides Main Mix and Radio Edit variants that giddily fuse elements of nu-funk, electrofunk and chunky disco-house with arresting hip-hop vocal samples and a sweet, R&B style vocal. '80s Child heads up the remix package, serving up a bongo-laden electrofunk revision in keeping with his boogie-centric catalogue, while Lempo lays down a tooled-up version that adds sweet synthesizer sounds to a chunkier peak-time house groove with impressive results.
Review: Fast-rising DJ/producer Ruff Diamond is the man at the controls for this sun-kissed sprint though beach-friendly nu-disco jams, warm and groovy re-edits and Balearic boogie workouts. His selections are naturally spot on, from the languid nu-boogie shuffle of Sweetooth's superb "Soul Singing" and the drowsy, synth-laden D-Train-goes-to-the-beach warmth of RobJamWeb's "Frontin' & Maxin", to the Latin-fired disco-house bounce of Frank Virgilio's "Hi Sombrero" and the ultra-deep and sultry nu-disco loveliness of Bobsi's "Beached". Further highlights are provided by Rayko, Chuggin' Edits, Cuz Electric and main man Ruff Diamond, whose "Run To Berrinas" is undoubtedly one of his most alluring productions to date.
Review: Over the last couple of years Sweetooth twosome Paul Whitey and Sarah Lazenby have served up some superb nu-disco and nu-boogie jams, most notably for Situationism, ISM and Masterworks Music. They're in fine form on this outing for Supaearth, too. Opener "Feel Like a Little Love" is a fine example of their now trademark sound, with the pair layering their ear-catching vocals over squelchy, electrofunk-influenced synth bass, rolling nu-disco beats, disco guitars and house style piano riffs. They reach for the eyes-closed rock guitar solos on wall-of-sound revivalist disco jam "Make Me Feel like Dancin", while "On My Mind" sounds like a note-perfect tribute to Loose Ends. Closing cut "Wild Earth", a glossy slab of talkbox-ehanced '80s soul, is also a treat.