Review: After a brief dalliance with 78 Edits, Edinburgh-based producer Barry "B-Jam" Fell pops up on Superbreak with a bulging sack full of dubby disco and electrofunk re-edits. Fell's greatest asset is his emphasis on groove (think rubbery basslines, swinging beats, subtle kicks etc), and all six cuts here offer the perfect balance between goodtime fun and fuss-free, floor-friendly jams. There are some moments that will be familiar to disco diggers (see the disco/jazz-funk tomfoolery of "No Fly Zone"), but for the most part he's re-cut unfamiliar jams. Of these, it's the boogie badness of "Set My Sights" and delightfully heady "Love It" that really stand out.
Review: The Beard Science crew - an invite-only group of secretive scalpel fiends - first made their name with the excellent Razor Sharp Edits series of limited 12" singles. Here they venture into the digital domain for the first time with a typically eccentric selection of clandestine reworks for Australia's Superbreak imprint. Highlights are naturally plentiful, from the loose-limbed stoner funk of "Dance Moves (45 Badger Edit)" and glassy-eyed disco-soul of "Ready (Ceramic Condensed Re-Cut)", to the Clav-happy stomp of "We Got That Big Ghetto Vibe (Tokyo Editsu)" and dancefloor-beating funk breaks hustle of "Break It Down (Amiga Amigos Cut & Paste)". In short, a great selection of floor-friendly edits of obscure gems. What's not to like?
Review: Kosta "Superbreak" Ellis has always been good at introducing hitherto unknown names. Having previously showcased the early work of Heion, B-Jam, DJ Steef and others, Ellis now turns the spotlight on fellow Aussie Brevil. This first EP delivers smooth, filter-heavy disco and electrofunk edits in the style of Rocco Raimundo and Ellis himself, delivering a string of party-minded jams. For proof, check the clav-heavy stomp of "Baby Love", the Revenge-ish disco-soul hypnotism of "Whatcha Gonna Do", or the "haven't we been here before" R&B/electrofunk mash-up of "R&B Junkie" (he would have been wise to choose a different title, given the success of the Mark E version of the same track).
Review: Scalpel-wielding rework merchant Brother J last appeared on Superbreak way back in 2012. While that was part of a multi-artist extravaganza, this is a solo EP packed to the rafters with club-ready rearrangements. He begins with a fine pair of disco dubs, first adding a rolling vibe to the rubbery and attractive "Round Corners" before doffing a cap to Afro-disco on the horn-heavy goodness of "International". Elsewhere, be sure to check out the spiraling horn lines and extra-compressed bass of disco-funk number "Journey", the sharp horns, dense percussion and filter tricks of "Body Bait" (a track previously re-edited by the Unabombers some years back) and the glassy-eyed heaviness of "Soul Power".
Review: Australian producer Superbreak has made a habit of using his label to introduce new talent. Here he showcases the re-edit work of mysterious Brit Chewy Rubs, a recent hit on Soundcloud. There's plenty for disco heads to enjoy, from the epic, percussion-heavy strobelight rinse-out of "Hi Gloss" - probably the highlight - and proto-house dubbiness of Serious Intention re-dub "Seriously", to the classic NYC electro flavour of "Boogie Down Bronx" (a Man Parrish re-rub, unsurprisingly). There are a couple of misses, if truth be told, but the hits really do hit hard. "Hi-Gloss", in particular, is superb.
Review: Having recently impressed with an EP of touchy-feely gorgeousness of Matthew Kyle's In The Woods imprint, Romanian producer Heion returns to Superbreak with another extended selection of slo-mo and midtempo chuggers. Those familiar with his production style should know what to expect: deliciously tactile fusions of deep house, boogie and disco with a starry, soft-focus feel. There's some hypnotic, filter-heavy bump in the shape of the stringy "There Will Be Something", twinkling goodness ("Look Up"), twittering nu-Balearica ("Midnight Talk") and, most impressively of all, some thoroughly E'd-up filters-and-slap-bass action on "Need More Space".
Review: With a release on Matthew Kyle's excellent In The Woods EP due to drop shortly, Romanian producer Heion could soon be a weighty name on the blossoming disco/house scene. Certainly, this five-track selection of sample-heavy house groovers shows great promise. They're not disco edits in the strict sense - despite the promise of the title - but rather thick, loopy, groovesome house cuts in the Matthew Kyle style. There's a definite touch of the Tiger & Woods about the hard, filter-happy electrofunk of "Jam Sam", whilst "She Moves" and "Time For Action" bump along in a classic French Touch style - all heavily compressed bottom end, choice disco loops and heady builds.
Review: Before he jumps on a plane and heads for a series of DJ gigs in Europe, Melbourne-based scalpel fiend Kosta Ellis unveils a bumper collection of never-before-heard re-edits. From The Archives Volume 1 digs deep, presenting a serious of surprisingly faithful, trickery-free re-cuts from the depths of Ellis's hard drive. Musically, there's less straight-up disco as you might expect. Instead, Ellis offers up a cheery mix of funk rock, instrumental soul, disco-funk and even, in the case of the epic "Messin Around", a thrill-a-minute jazz-funk solo-fest. It goes without saying that each track is suitably floor-friendly and heavy on the (original) percussion.
Review: Sydney-based scalpel fiend Superbreak - AKA DJ/producer Kosta Ellis - has achieved something of a rare feat: running a digital-only re-edit imprint that's turning heads. Here, he offers up a flavour of things to come with an extended EP of tracks from many of the label's regular contributors. Heion and 78 Edits provide some groovy, house-friendly groovery, Edinburgh-based B-Jam provides the obligatory soulful slow dance number ("Down Baby"), and Thomass Jackson [sic] delivers a jaunty, darting, delay-laden take on a forgotten disco gem. There's also a heavyweight, filter-laden percussion jam from Brother J and a cheeky rework of "Whole Lotta Love" from Ellis and pal Brevil.