Review: Label boss Valique takes a back seat for the latest Vehicle release, instead shining the spotlight on Serbian DJ/"walking encyclopedia of soul, funk, disco and jazz music" Funky Junkie, and London's Arcadion. Having bonded over a fondness for long lost ex-Yugoslavian music, the pair decided to compile a series of compilations of such gems, tweaked and edited for the 21st century, and "Ex-Yu Edits Vol 1" is the impressive first volume in the series.
Review: When rocking the V's Edits guise, Valique has a bit of a soft spot for spoonerisms and chuckle-some tweaks of artist names and track titles. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out the identity of the vintage rockers whose tracks have been given the touch-up treatment on "Rock We Dance - The Brits". Billy Idol classic "White Wedding" is the first to get a good going over, with Valique turning it into a confirmed indie-dance smasher thanks to some beefy new beats, weightier bass and wiggly, TB-303 style acid lines. Deep Purple's "Hush" is then turned into a psychedelic disco-rock bumper, before the veteran DJ/producer offers up "Starlit" by "Fuse" - a deeper fusion of moonlit psychedelia, nu-disco colour and club-focused grooves.
Review: Valique is currently neck and neck with Rayko in a furious battle for the title of disco's most prolific re-editor. Here he nudges in front by a nose thanks to another six-track selection of dancefloor-ready reworks. As usual, he adds his magic touch to a range of well loved and lesser-known cuts, kicking off with an undulating, party-hearty extension of David Bowie's "Fame". Stylistically, he keeps things eclectic, variously touching on hazy disco-funk ("Turn That Boogie Loose"), camp disco (the string-drenched, arms-aloft "Going Up"), white boy reggae-pop (a cheery, stretched out rendition of 10CC's "Dreadlock Holiday"), and heavily percussive disco-rock (the subtly house-friendly, filter-rich "You Gave Me Love").
Review: Given the success of The Very Polish Cut-Outs re-edit series in breathing new life into forgotten musical gems from Poland's past, it's heartening to see Vehicle aiming to do the same to vintage Yugoslav disco via the Ex-Yu series. This second installment comes from B.G Baarregaard (under the new Disco El Pogia moniker) and Serbian record collector Funky Junkie, who join forces to rework to previously unknown Balkan nuggets. Opener "Wandering" is sweet and groovy, with indigenous vocals riding triumphant horns and razor-sharp strings. While there are a few contemporary production tricks - think filters and a chunkier groove - it's a pleasingly respectful rework. "Weekend Phobia" is, if anything, even better, stretching out and rearranging a hearty chunk of disco-funk-meets-AOR brilliance.
You Could Make It (V's Glad edit) - (6:13) 120 BPM
Shake (V's Nuyorika edit) - (6:55) 120 BPM
You Gave Me Love (V's edit) - (7:12) 117 BPM
Fame (V's Bumpy Way To The Top edit) - (5:48) 106 BPM
Impossible (V's Afro Jam) - (8:10) 120 BPM
Make A Little Love (V's edit) - (5:20) 114 BPM
Big Flow (V's Can't Cool edit) - (5:23) 122 BPM
Stop Your Pressure (V's Determined mix) - (7:03) 106 BPM
No Stopping Now (V's edit) - (7:37) 118 BPM
We Got The Direction (V's edit) - (6:54) 107 BPM
Fulltime Paradise (V's edit) - (9:01) 110 BPM
Sunshine (V's Doing Fine edit) - (7:44) 118 BPM
Served (V's First Come edit) - (6:08) 112 BPM
Can't You See Me (V's edit) - (6:20) 116 BPM
Fever (V's edit) - (7:32) 119 BPM
Dreadlock Holiday (V's edit) - (5:51) 110 BPM
SRGNT PPR's (V's edit) - (5:31) 100 BPM
At The Disco (V's Shaking It edit) - (5:36) 104 BPM
Roxanne (V's Disco & Rock mix) - (6:16) 122 BPM
Midnight Rhythm (V's edit) - (8:04) 118 BPM
The Surf (V's Elektro edit) - (7:03) 118 BPM
Gonna Party (V's edit) - (5:31) 106 BPM
Heartbreaker (V's dub mix) - (7:16) 100 BPM
V's Edits 5th Anniversary (continuous DJ mix - Part 1) - (55:20) 107 BPM
V's Edits 5th Anniversary (continuous DJ mix - Part 2) - (1:13:01) 118 BPM
Review: Vehicle, the preeminent Russian disco label, run by the man, myth and legend, Valique, recently celebrated its tenth anniversary. Now in this celebratory mood, and with the party needing to continue, they've looked back to the tunes from their fifth birthday party - half a decade ago. Highlights include the adrenaline-fuelled sultry funk jam "Shake (V's New Yorika edit)," by Brass Destruction, the disco-rock (think of Survivor at Studio 54) of "You Gave Me Love" by CHA and the infectious new wave boogie of "We Got The Direction" by People's Voice. Party central.
Review: Given the Peaktime Reworks title, you've probably already worked out that the three tracks here all head straight for the proverbial dancefloor jugular. The emphasis here is on fun, with lead cut "Show Me Love" expertly combining elements of classic material from Escort and Robin S with sizeable new percussion. This theme continues on "Pushing On", which layers Alice Russell's classic vocal from the Quantic Soul Orchestra cut of the same name over one of the largest disco records of all time. As if that wasn't enough sweaty excitement, the Feel Good Alliance tops things off with the stomping disco house of "Teach Me (Peak Time Rework)".
Review: While much of Frank Cueto and Russell Belicek's work as Feel Good Alliance is aimed squarely at the dancefloor, there's something extra full-throttle about their occasional Peaktime Reworks. This second volume in the series is every bit as essential as its' predecessor, with the veteran production duo opening the EP with a killer rework of a psychedelic rock era funk gem ("Working"). They move further towards disco dancefloors on "Finally", which smartly combines clipped guitars, sweeping strings and flares-sporting grooves, with the vocal from Ce Ce Peniston's house classic of the same name. Proceedings are drawn to a close with the similarly inclined "Now That We Found", which turns a well-known Third World classic into a tropical disco sing-along.
Review: Valentine "Valique" Golovachev returns to action under the edit-minded "V" alias, inviting us to join him at a poppin' party rich in "Dope, Disco, Booze and Models". He begins in confident fashion, adding a little synth-heavy nu-disco wiggle to an old Esther Philips jam, before un-leashing the celebratory P-funk bounce that his rework of "Chelsea" by the sadly departed Purple One. Arguably even better is his tweak of Milly Jackson's "Baby", which layers up the percussion and chiming melodies over a loopy disco-house groove, while closing cut "Alcohol" sees him turn an old blues track into a chugging chunk of mid-tempo disco-funk brilliance.
Review: One day, Valique will run out of material for his popular V's Edits series. For his 20th volume of sneaky re-rubs, remixes and re-edits, he adds his unique touch to another batch of unlikely classics and well-loved gems. He begins by sticking a rocket under Johnny Cash's turn-of-the-millennium cover of U2's "One", before delivering a woozy, feel-good house interpretation of a Marvin Gaye gem. Next, Yes's "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" is transformed into wobbly tech-house/deep-house/nu-disco shuffler, before he storms into guaranteed party-starting territory with a synth-heavy, nu-disco/house remix of The Clash's "Rock The Casbah". A more fluid, boogie-tinged version of the previously re-edited Marvin Gaye cut completes another big package.
Review: Russian disco edit fiend Valique serves up another hot Boogie Box and we're up to number three already! Highlight's on here not limited to Princess' smooth ergonomics displayed on the re-splice of the Prince classic "Sexy Dancer", Feel The Vibe's great cover of "Get Down Tonight" looped for your pleasure by Kc/Sub and they save the best for last with Mr Faded/Blackhead's (aka McFadden & Whitehead's) 1979 classic "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now". They are all 're-re-edited' by the way: by none other than Valique himself. Trust the DJ!
Review: Russian disco imprint Vehicle returns with more reinterpretations which blur the boundaries between edit, remix and rendition on these absolutely impressive perspectives. You certainly know the score on Our Last Dance" (V's Pressure vocal mix) by KWEEN, or so you think - until you actually hear it. Mercury rising, what more can we say! Elsewhere, there's some more respectful remakes that stay truer to the originals such as the classic disco of Physics' "If You Love Me" (V's No Fools edit), likewise things get properly lo-slung on Archy Bells "Let's Groove" (V's Simple edit).
Review: Moscow's Vehicle now presents more deep house, nu-disco and of course a few of their reknown V edits on the Intercity Remixes here. Miles Ahead's "Human Nation" (V's Parisian mix) is a jazzy soul jam with quite a few familiar sounds from a certain timeless classic. "Human Nature" (V's Nuyorika mix) however is much funkier, deeper and absolutely emotive. Elsewhere, The Thoors' "Love Her Badly" (V's L.A. to New Orleans mix) does exactly what it says on the tin with this cheeky rework of a right anthem until Rocking Blues' "My Desire" (V's Moscow To Tokyo mix) closes out this fine little EP out in good and proper style with those hands in the air pianos, jazz drums and bongos all working in perfect harmony.
Review: More succulent than a bucket of fried chicken and twice as heavy, Vehicle's latest "Boogie Box" - the eighth in total - is full to bursting with floor-friendly, finger-licking fun. Editor-in-chief Valique is the man at the controls, gleefully charging between chunky, bass-heavy Afrobeat goodness (the chant-along heaviness of "Like It Is"), party-hearty deep house/disco-funk fusion (the heavy house beats and toasty electric piano stabs of "Mercy", shirts-off celebratory disco ("Disco Dancer"), swinging, Hammond-rich Philly Soul (Timmy Thomas rework "Got To See You Tonight") and strobe-lit peak-time insanity (the Clavinet-sporting disco rush of "Midnight"). In other words, it's another top-notch selection of club-ready revisions from one of the hardest working editors in the scene.
Review: Don't be fooled by the plethora of comedic, pun-tastic artist names scattered throughout the track list for this sixteenth volume of Vehicle's Boogie Box Edits series. Look harder, and you'll note the distinctive scalpel alias of label boss Valique (simply "V") throughout. His edits - informed by his past in funk breaks as well as disco, boogie and shameless party-starting fun - rarely disappoint, and there's much to enjoy here. Highlights include a toughened-up, straightened out version of the Whispers' "It's A Love Thing" (complete with house pianos), a filter-heavy disco-house tweak of the Johnson Brothers' "Stomp", and a deliciously breezy rework of an old Billy Ocean fave that's worth the admission price on its' own.
Review: Of late the Vehicle label has almost totally focused on output from Russian producer Valique. Here though, the spotlight switches to P Sol who seizes the disco baton with both hands. "Groove On" kicks things with a filtered funky riff and hands-in-the-air soul samples, "Love How You Feel" is deep, raw body music, "Love Me Right" is a tight electronic grind, and "Reboter" wraps things up the boogie with some clap-a-long silliness.
Review: It seems that for his 19th installment of edits, label boss Valique has thrown caution to the wind, boldly going where no re-editor has dared venture before. The six scalpel jobs on this collection include many tracks considered either sacred or just too wrong to ever tackle, but it bothers him not a jot. Standouts include Mick Hucknall's unapologetic expression of sexual arousal, Something Got Me Started, being turned into a the Balearic house bouncer "I'd Give It All For You", the proggy electro-house Pink Floyd rework "Brick Wall" and the groovy Prince edit "The Future".
Review: Moscow based disco label Vehicle is at it again and delivers the goods as always. They've taken the razor to some oldies but indeed goodies on the Summer Boogie EP. There's quite an all star cast on offer here if we have ever seen one. American/Puerto Rican latin jazz legend Ray Barretto appears with his classic "Fulltime Paradise", the soulman himself Roy Ayers appears also with "Fever". Honorable mentions also to Greek sex symbol Denis Roussos with his majestically sleazy "M-Time" and The Beatles aka The Bugs with "Srgnt Ppr's".. err exucse me? Oh don't worry, groove on!
Review: Dutch foursome Rocknrolla Soundsystem has already built a solid reputation for its re-edit work, thanks in no small part to admired releases on Alpaca Edits, Springbokz and Katakana Edits. This outing on Vehicle will only enhance their growing reputation. They begin in confident mood via a smoky, jazz-flecked and dreamy late night revision of an old Marvin Gaye favourite ("Trouble Man") that achieves a near perfect balance between shuffling dancefloor goodness and touchy-feely late night bliss. "Lonely Town, Lonely Street" sees the quartet cleverly combine elements from a Clavinet-driven conscious soul masterpiece with chunkier mid-tempo beats and woozy deep house chords. They repeat the trick on the piano solo-heavy head-nod of closing cut "Nobody's Fault But Mine", which may well be the best of the lot.
Review: As you might expect, Valique seems to have been using lockdown to conjure up more cheeky reworks for his popular and long-running "V's Edits" series. He kicks things off with a chunky, nu-disco-meets-disco-house style revision of a vintage Rose Royce tune full of build-and-release dancefloor trickery and a thickset, ear-catching bassline, before re-imagining a Can krautrock classic as an acid-fired chunk of percussive, low-slung house sleaze. He then skips through AOR disco pastures via a heady, deep house style revision of a Jefferson Airplane classic, before serving up some samba-soaked Balearic business ("The Ripe Tones") and rushing, gently tooled-up Philly Soul (a fine rework of a sing-along Archie Bell and the Drells classic).
Review: When delivering a V's Edits release, Valique tends to pack the EP with tried-and-tested, club-ready reworks, and plenty of them. That's certainly the case on this latest outing, which boasts six razor sharp cuts. There's much to admire throughout, from the wavy positivity of AOR disco-soul opener "This Lady" and the sparkling cheeriness of "All Mine", where one of disco-boogie's most memorable moments gets smothered in filters and compression, to the new wave era electro-rock moodiness of "Hey, La!" Also worth a listen is the heady, intoxicating shuffle of "Funkin' For Kingston", where a break digging boogie classic is subtly extended and rearranged.
Review: Russian disco roustabout Valique lays down yet another collection of fun-time versions. With full focus locked on the heart of the party, there's no beard grazing crate stroking here, just straight up party exciters. Highlights include the clever loopy build on the climax of "The Night" (A cheeky twist on George Benson's "Give Me The Night"), the smouldering, come-to-bed winks of "Sexy Eyes" and the audacious space-race primed twist on Genesis classic "I Can't Dance". Wow factor set to stun.
Review: Valique dons his popular V moniker for another trip into tongue-in-cheek, party-hearty re-edit territory. For those looking for surprising rubs, there's plenty to enjoy, from the subtle (and surprisingly tasteful) rework of Carl Douglas's "Kung Foo Fighting" and the dubbed-out psychedelic rock-goes-deep house flex of "Man Who Taight The World", to the epic singalong business that is "Need To Know" and sensual, long-slung soul business of the string-laden "Light My Fire". There's also some chiming, trumpet-laden disco breaks in the shape of "Red Right Hand", and a dash of funk-pop ("Breaking Glass").
Review: Valique's decision to shift his emphasis from funk breaks to disco edits a few years back now seems a wise one. His popular V's Edits series is now on its 17th volume, and as usual there's plenty of tried-and-tested dancefloor fodder on offer. While the EP's most outstanding track is a winding, decidedly Balearic, downtempo remix of Bryan Ferry's "Slave To Love", the rest of the EP is a funky and forthright as you'd expect. Highlights include a bouncy rework of Michael Jackson ("Heart B"), and an oh-so-smooth cut-up of Billy Paul (the sumptuous strings and eyes-closed guitar solos of "Sooner or Later"), but to be honest it's all pretty darn tasty.
Review: Vehicle's Ex-Yu Edits series, which transforms forgotten gems from the former Yugoslavia, has been one of its' most musically rewarding and enlightening to date. The latest volume in the series is a joint endeavour from label boss Valique and veteran Serbian selector Funky Junkie. While each of the edits has been beefed up to suit modern dancefloors, it's the quality of the original material that shines through. Opener "Katastrofa" offers a delicious blend of heavy, synth-laden '80s boogie, punchy afrobeat horns and bold, chant-a-long vocals, while the slower, more chugging "Frka" is an Adriatic delight - all hazy, sun-kissed synths, sugary-sweet vocals and sloppy kisses. As for closer "Yugoslavia", it sounds like a disco-house anthem in waiting, as the duo adds bumpin' beats to a rising, horn-heavy chunk of starlight disco.
Review: This is collection of edits and it's as fresh, fun and funky as any good disco edit should be. Starting the bunch is 'At No Cost' with a classic guitar and pumping beat, decorated in shimmers and sparkles, get the glitter out. 'Let's Fall In Love' is a sing-a-long, with a deep sub and a tinkling triangle. ''Appelle Moi' is one of those track everyone's heard before, we're loving the new aquatic, echo drips which have been added. 'Bring The Best In Me' is an amazing track, we defy anyone to listen to it and not dance, the jazzy piano, the infectious bongos and that killer vocal, disco done good!
Review: Valique once more dons his popular V's Edits guise for another trip into Balearic rework territory. This 18th installment in the long-running series has a "neo-blues" theme, offering the former funk breaks man a chance to deliver suitably dancefloor-friendly interpretations of cuts by Muddy Waters, BB King, The Doors and Rodriguez (a tasty re-arrangement of the 'Sugar Man's "Can't Get Away"). Interestingly, he also turns Dire Straits' radio-friendly, solo-heavy "Sultans of Swing" into a loose, tech-influenced house jam. Elsewhere, look out for a house-goes-breaks-goes-Balearic take on "Horse With No Name" (here titled "Has The Name"), and the bluesy powder house flex of "Daymallah".
Review: Vehicle's Edits out of sunny Moscow Russia coming at you with their Winter Ride series. Spend the night in from the snow and warm up on the dancefloor in sexy and slo-mo fashion with this bunch of brilliant edits for musical accompaniment. There's a handy edit of a certain famous rock 'n' roll classic on RS' "Give Me Shelter" (V's Uncovered mix), more of a deep disco house flavour on Brass Destruction's "Gotta Do It" (V's edit) and some spacey Italo disco grooves on Creative Force's "Who Is He To You" (V's Dadgummit edit). Elsewhere, there's some proper cosmic vibes that would warrant bringing out 'the herbs' for advanced effect while listening to the stellar Jahmad Amal "Acid Ride" (V's Get On The Boat version) and what would a set of classics be without the mandatory Don Sherry track, huh? They've got you covered on the splendid "Walker" (V's edit).
Review: In which the prolific Russian disco dinner ladies known as V's Edits serve up four more helpings of re-edit goodness. KC & The Sunshine's sax-tastic 'Black Water Gold' gets a little added Afro flava on 'Black Waters Hold' (without detracting from the original's superb jazzual musicality), Bob Marley's 'Is This Love' is reinvented as the party-starting 'Love And Treat You Right', Marvin Gaye gets the treatment on 'Funky Space' while 'Little Enough' (credited to Keith, source unknown) is an ultra-laidback jazz-funk groove built for warm-up or summer afternoon play.
Review: For his latest trick, spoonerism-loving rework maestro V (AKA sometime funk-breaks producer Valique) has decided to offer up a second selection of "Neo Blues" scalpel works. He begins by delivering a chunky, rolling revision of Ann Feebles' rock-tinged gospel-funk classic "Beware", before chugging his way through a pitched-down revision of a weighty T-Rex glam-rock classic ("Jewelry"). This is followed by EP highlight "Holis", an inspired - and suitably epic - "Afro-blues" revision of one of Nina Simone's greatest moments, and the low-slung voodoo-house hypnotism of "Mississippi Lullalby (V's Rendition)". To finish with a. flourish, the Vehicle main man then adds some elastic new drums to Otis Redding's version of "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay".
Review: When operating under the V's Edits alias, re-edit maestro Valique can always be relied upon to bring the goods. It's little surprise, then, to find out that his latest collection of fresh cut-jobs - an epic affair featuring no less than 24 tracks - is packed to the rafters with high-grade fare. We don't have enough space to list all of the highlights, but we'd suggest checking out his rolling revision of Lee Dorsey's "Night People", the low-slung disco-funk heaviness of the Brass Construction rework ("Gotta Do It"), the intergalactic disco deepness of the Marvin Gaye revision ("Funky Space"), the lightly tooled-up, slowly unfurling take on Tom Browne's "Funkin For Jamaica" and the sweeping, string-laden disco brilliance of "Miracle (V's Edit)".
Review: Having spent much of the last couple of years churning out cheeky reworks under the V's Edits tag, former funk breaks maestro turned disco dancer Valique indulges in a Threesome. He begins by joining forces with vocalist Michael Wheatley for a 2015 revision of old cut "Kick Out Party" - a rubbery, low-slung concoction that sits somewhere between Prince, disco-funk and hands-in-the-air piano house. There's a little more jazzy fluidity to the sun-kissed guitars, woozy synths and bouncy bass of "At This Time" - a cheerier track you'll struggle to find - while "I've Got You (Though I've Been Selfish" offers Valique an opportunity to lay down a booming, chopped-up, hands-in-the-air smasher that draws inspiration from both classic speed garage and early '90s piano house.
Review: Having initially started his career as a maker of disco-tinged party breaks, Valique has spent the last couple of years impressing with his cheeky V's Edits bootlegs. Here he returns to original production with a three-track E.P of summery goodness for his own Vehicle imprint. As usual, there's an emphasis on low-end wobble, with heavy basslines underpinning a variety of shimmering, nu-disco influenced grooves. Choose between the darting synths, stylish grooves and soaring disco strings of "Supposed", the bumping, lowdown disco-house of "Spelling", and the woozy hustle of cut-up deep house bumper "Wouldn't Explain".
Review: This third anniversary package from the good people at Vehicle is a bumper packed compilation with a whopping 24 tracks! All are retweaked big pop hits, highlights of which being reworkings of boozy party anthems such as Carl Douglas' "Kung Fu Fighting", Duran Duran's "Notorious", Tom Jones' "Its Not Unusual" and (a particularly good electro-house reworking of) ELO's "Last Train To London".