Review: A legendary funk band from Brooklyn, Brass Construction blazed a trail throughout the 70s producing grade-A vintage boogie. Much of their repertoire has been plundered by sample-heavy acts since, but here we get the original and true album version of 1975's "Movin". Displaying the kind of musicianship that could only be learnt by slogging it out on the notorious Chitlin' Circuit. Moogs and mellotrons, funky bass and smooth vocals, the song is still a party bomb now. However the SAW-house style extended/Back To My Roots mix and the syrupy 80s pop of "Give And Take" both add some 'challenging' schmaltziness.
Review: New York reissue kings UTC have excelled themselves once more with this unearthing of a forgotten gem by Bunny Mack. Throughout the 60s and 70s, Mack, from Sierra Leone, was a jobbing musician who scored the occasional minor hit here and there. Then, in the late-'70s he hooked up with producer Akie Deen (The Afronationals) and together they created Mack's landmark disco album, Let Me Love You. The LP contained the title track, Discolypso and this song, "Love Sweet Love", a richly orchestrated six-minute jazzy boogie noodle, which has now joyfully resurfaced in the digital world.
Review: Not much info about this one, but it's still very much worthy of your attention. It offers a smart, floor-friendly rework of a little-known disco record celebrating the joys of that most 1970s of fads, the roller disco. It's pretty faithful to the obscure original, offering tighter percussion to appeal to contemporary DJs. That aside, it sticks to the original grooves, strings, horns and joyous vocals, promoting a celebratory vibe that should appeal to the new wave of roller-revivalists currently skating up a storm in cities like London and Bristol.
Review: Eddie Matos is more commonly associated with the groundbreaking Mateo & Matos duo out of NYC, this was originally released in 1998 under his Disko Method alias on his Under The Counter imprint. He digitally re-issues the absolutely infectious disco loops of "C'mon & Dance" for your listening pleasure. This wonderful edit is as good as anything Nick Holder, DJ Sneak or Paul Johson were doing at the time. "Higher" is more of a lo-slung joint but equally as funky and surely on the disco tip with some samples used that you're sure to recognise from a classic.
Review: Reynald Deschamps was rather active in the 1990s. During the decade, he released tons of disco-fired dancefloor cuts under a wide variety of aliases. Amongst his most popular projects was Groove & The Gang, which debuted way back in 1994. It's from that year that these two cuts are taken. "In The Mood To Party" is a simmering, smile-inducing and deliciously groovy chunk of mid-'90s New Jersey garage/New York house hybrid, with sampled horns, jaunty organ stabs and "Show Me Love" style riffs rising above gentle beats and a killer bassline. "Back To Disko" is a touch tougher and more robust, with his usual headline-grabbing organs weaving in and out of rubbery synth bass, hard disco-funk guitars and bustling, hip-swinging garage beats.
Review: Browse New York label UTC Limited's online catalogue, and you'll find a range of disco, soul, funk and boogie reissues, with well-known classics rubbing shoulders with lesser-known gems. Keyboardist Mike Mandel's fusion killer "Jupiter Finger" undoubtedly falls into the latter category. Originally featured on his 1978, Vanguard-released full-length Sky Music, it offers a delicious mixture of Herbie Hancock style jazz-funk synths, sunny disco horns, loose rhythms and some superb Rhodes-playing. In many ways it's an odd track to reissue, but this digital issue is certainly welcome; "Jupiter Finger" is as summery as sunburn, disappointing barbecues and England losing at cricket.