Review: The Rack & Ruin edits offshoot of Mancunian club/label El Diablo's returns in triumphant form with two heavy duty reworks that will find favour with many disco selectors. El Diablo's Social Club's very own Chris Massey leads the way, tackling the Johnny Wakelin classic "In Zaire" and turning the chugometer up to 11 - expect to hear this up and down the Croatian coastline this summer. Massey's contribution is complemented by Oosh! who are a new name to us, but their edits seemingly have been racking up plenty of plays on Soundcloud. Take a listen to their heavily phased and filtered tweak of McCartney and Wonder's early 80s jazz funk boogie jammer "What's That You're Doing".
Review: With little fanfare or fuss, El Diablo Social Club's To Rack & Ruin edit series has slowly made its' way onto digital download. This latest release - originally out on wax back in January - is one of the hush-hush imprint's strongest to date. It comes from Munich-based beat-manipulator Deckard, who successfully delivers a dubby, delay-laden chunk of piano-heavy, mid-tempo AOR disco in the shape of the rather brilliant "Sean Lives". While superb, the real killer is on the flip, where Flash Atkins helps Deckard turn a forgotten Jonny Cash gem into a brilliantly trippy, floor-friendly fusion of country blues, dub disco and Patrick Cowley/Giorgio Moroder style machine funk. However unlikely a fusion, the resultant track is genuinely brilliant.
Review: For the eigth instalment of To Rack & Ruin we see the long awaited return of Neil Diablo this time dropping the 'Evil K'Neil' moniker from used for the first two volumes of the edits series. First up on Foreva Neil skilfully chops up a little known raw 122bpm proto-house disco jam which has sumptuous boogie bassline, choppy stabs and a wonderful soulful female vocal extended and edited for dance floor delight. On the digi- flip is "Love Ma Gin", A glittery disco affair with a heavy bassline and glamorous strings which builds and builds. Get to know.
Review: Here, Spain's Disko Selectors offer further proof of their crate digging and re-edit skills, delivering a killer rework of a dusty old Italo-style gem. The track's title - "Hiroshima" - may be a clue to its' origin, though the track's spiraling synthesizers, crusty rock touches and symphonic outlook is pure prog rock/Italo-disco fusion. Crucially, it's really good; arguably one of the standout tracks of the To Rack & Ruin series to date. On the flip, the previously unknown Futuro Tropicale & Le Macchine [sic] saunter off in a different direction, turning in a formidable dub disco take of a low-slung AOR bomb. With bluesy guitar riffs, delay-laden vocal snippets and alien synthesizer flashes to the fore, it has all the makings of a future basement classic.
Review: Neil Diablo's To Rack & Ruin edit series has been on fire of late, delivering killer reworks by The Rejected, Phil Gerus, and Que Sakamoto & NT. Volume 13 contains a quartet of collaborative reworks by Italian pals DJ Rocca and N2B. First up is "Inergy", a dirty and full-throttle disco workout that contains a fantastic extended percussion break midway through. Rocca and N2B reach for the disco delays on the super-sweet shuffler "Mister Cheryl", before whipping their shirts off for a muscular disco-funk hoedown (the sax-laden stomp that is "Music For Your Lose"). Finally, the tape delays return on the dense, disco-goes-proto-house closer "Powa", which may well be our pick of the bunch.
Review: Manchester's label/clubnight combo El Diablo has a knack for releasing some pretty heavyweight edits, but this eighth installment of its To Rack & Ruin series really ups the ante. With DJ Rocca teaming up with N2B, we are treated to four precision scalpel jobs, all of which really tease out the bassy loops. Highlights include seven minute opener "Get Up" - a dubby odyssey into misty lands of shuffly beats, incessant basslines and wah-wah guitar aplenty. Also the suspended tension of Balearic mind-trip "Weird Safari" and the '80s slap bass aerobics of "Mr Rossi's Backpain" are worth checking out.
Review: Out of the Basement are Steve Leggat and James Ellis, both players in Manchester's music scene. Now they've hooked up with the El Diablo Social Club boys to finally deliver two much sought after edits. Both these tunes have been floating around in various forms for a while, but now they've been spruced up for a 'proper' release. "Take Me With You" layers an old soul vocal over new punk-funky live instrumentation for a slick head nodder. "Brother's Dub" meanwhile, is a slinky slo-mo edit of the Brothers Johnson cover of Shuggie Otis anthem "Strawberry Letter 23".
Review: Shamelessly funky edits from two Dutch disco dynamos SHMLSS. They've already given us plenty to jump to via Midnight Riot and Disco Deviance. We're likely to hear a lot more of them in the future, but right now it's all about this epic double up on Manchester's To Rack & Ruin imprint. "Disco Sensation" is a heady slap bass jam session with an array of tight chops and disco flurries on the fills. Meanwhile we're treated to an epic rendition of Peter Jacques Band's "Counting On Love" where every string and piano rolls are polished and presented with dramatic glee. Bona fide disco vibes.
Review: Preston's Watson is clicking his heels right now, having been snapped up for the latest instalment of the El Diablo crew's "To Rack & Ruin" series. Although Paul has known the ED guys from his days at Fat City records, they actually first heard "Get It On" at a Paper Recordings party in Manchester. Taking Millie Jackson's classic as a starting point, Watson expands it into a ten-minute Philly-tastic strings and elastic bass stomper. Also included is the laid back "Thoughts Of Yesterday", which takes some fine disco/funk loops and layers some lovely synth lines over the top.