Review: The latest audio missive from the impressively enthusiastic We Mean Disco camp comes from 5 Star Disco Patrol. Little info is available about his/her/their identity, but it matters not; all you need to know is that Disco Police is a decent first outing. The deep house-meets-deep disco flex of "Spirit Of The Night" kicks things off, before the tempo dips on the early Parliament style party funk flex of "Fire Fighters". Punchy disco percussion and steel drum melodies are the order of the day on "Final Path", while "Final Promises" offers an instrumental, flute-heavy disco-house take on Joe Smooth classic "The Promised Land". Finally, there's a deliciously dubby rub of a slow-disco classic previously reworked by the Idjut Boys in the early noughties.
Review: We Mean Disco's All Star Nuggets series of re-edit and rework comps have proved something of a hit in recent times. There's a third installment coming soon, and ahead of that the Austrian imprint has put together a four-track taster EP. There's much to enjoy, from the rush-inducing Balearic sweetness of Fingerman's "Knockin' (Soulful Beatdown)" - all head-nodding bottom end and enveloping soul melodies - and delay-laden disco-soul shuffle of Alan Mooney's "Every Time", to the loopy heaviness and celebratory vibraphone solos of Bachteen's "Coffy is the Colour". Best of all, though, is the 10-minute disco-funk wig-out that is JSki's "Can You Get Down (Universe City Super Tribute)", which makes great use of the source material's hustling groove and bustling breaks.
Review: For their latest foray into the world of house-friendly disco re-edits, the We Mean Disco crew have turned to Italian newcomers Blaxxsoul and Max 909. There's plenty to enjoy, from the head-nodding, looped-up grooves of the decidedly sweet Average White Band cut-up "Wasn't Your Friends" and baggy, synth-laden disco-funk grooves of "Party No Party", to the straight-up party funk of "Back To Old" and sensual bump of Barry White rework "Never Ever Gonna Give You Up". Best of all, though, is "City Lights (Pittbull Version)", an 11-minute, filter-laden re-cut of William Pitt's Balearic disco classic in a loopy midtempo disco-house style.
Review: It's been a few months since we've heard anything from Manolo Brigante's Austrian disco label We Mean Disco! That's probably because he's been tracking down the most obscure producers yet to be discovered. Now he's back, brandishing Breixo, an almost completely anonymous re-edit machine who may, or may not, be French. The Edit Machine EP boasts five juicy disco-house cuts, highlights of which include the slinky, Chic-like bass attack of "Do Me Right", and "I've Just Begun To Love You" which sounds like Madonna's Holiday and the cheeky mini-mix by KidPariz. C'est bon!
Love Is The Message & The Message Is Love (Montana Fontana Tribute mix) - (6:52) 116 BPM
Midnight Luv Affair (Saver Sex Nu Disco Treatment) - (6:46) 122 BPM
Da Freak Is Chic (Buck & Nile Rodgers Tribute) - (7:20) 121 BPM
Cant Live Without My Radio (Giorgio Took Her radio retouch) - (5:48) 127 BPM
Review: The We Mean Disco formula is a simple one - think reverential reworks of their favourite disco, boogie, and '80s Paradise Garage favourites, with the occasional addition of metronomic house drums - but rarely less than hugely effective. Certainly, the four cuts here, which range from a subtle re-arrangement of MFSB's "Love Is The Message", to the string-drenched Munich Machine silliness of "Can't Live Without My Radio", stick rigidly to the script. Weirdly, the standout cut is "Da Freak is Chic", a chunky, house style re-interpretation of Chic's much played disco standard "Le Freak". While it probably didn't need fiddling with, they've done a rather good job updating it for contemporary floors.
Review: This time round Replay boss DJ Friction (aka Frico) is taking a whirl with another label, releasing "I'll Do My Best" through increasingly popular We Mean Disco! imprint. First up he tackles "I Owe You One", a pulsating early anthem by '80s glitter-soul heroes Shalamar. From there classic US female act The Ritchie Family's 1982 electro-boogie sizzler "I'll Do My Best For You" get muscled and stretched. That's not all: we also get the elastic bass twangfest "I've Been Watching You" and the piano samba lounge-soul of "I Want You". A quality re-edit package.
Review: For their ninth single release, re-edit/rework fiends We Mean Disco turn to little-known Bulgarian disco head Ramsey Hercules. He delivers an EP packed with enticing, soulful flavours, head-nodding slow jams and dancefloor bumpers. Opener "90% of You is Me" delivers a bass-heavy hip-hop take on a simmering soulful classic, while "Soul Mama" brilliantly breathes new life into a sweet '60s funk-soul jam. There's a thicker, bass-heavy feel to the midtempo disco-soul bump of "Each & Every Second", while the breezy "I'm Ready For Your Love" provides the release's most obviously dancefloor-friendly disco moment. To finish off, Hercules dips the tempo with the grandiose close dance disco-soul shuffle of "Love Me Sexy". Tasty.
Review: The output of Austria's re-edit label We Mean Disco! has always veered toward the housier end of things, and here they appear to have recruited 'Serbia's first lady of house music' Miss Kay Dee to explore her disco influences. There are a whopping six tracks on here, edging the release into mini-album territory. It's a typically slick affair with highlights including the eight-minute streetwise funk of "Going To See My Baby", the orchestrated funky house loops of "You Are & We Are" and the sequined Sylvester-esque boogie of "Doin It".
Review: Having previously mined the worlds of disco, boogie and funk for inspiration, Smooth Operators sees the We Mean Disco crew change tack. Instead of their usual, party-friendly fare, we get a quartet of Sade revisions, with some of the sultry singer's finest moments getting the rework treatment. So, Mr Matrix delivers an undulating, super-smooth deep house version of "Couldn't Love You More" (complete with thrilling analogue bass), KidPariz turns "Hang Onto Your Love" into a loopy, mostly instrumental chugger, and We Mean Disco give "Paradise" the sweet, lo-slung, midtempo disco-house treatment. Best of all, though, is Dan K's chunky, sax-laden rework of the anthem-like "Smooth Operator"; a sing-along deep house classic in the making.
Review: Austria's We Mean Disco! have an unusual knack of releasing tunes remixed by the artists also responsible for the original. Here though, they have us a bit stumped as we get seven uber-rare disco cuts by the mysterious Le Spank remixed by DJ Pied Piper. Highlights include the thumping delirium of "Chase Em", the percussion and strings apocalypse of "Funk It" and the exquisite slap bass orgy of "Think It Funny". Slick!
Review: The We Mean Disco crew does a mean line in tongue-in-cheek monikers. Philly Vanilli, a regular contributor to the Viennese imprint, arguably boasts the strongest pseudonym of the lot. Here, he gets to work on Marvin Gaye classic "What's Going On", delivering a trio of contrasting re-makes. He begins with the dense percussion, rich chords, woozy vocal samples and metronomic deep house beat of "Wots Going On At My Grapevine", before dipping the tempo for a chugging 105 BPM "Letro House" re-make in which Gaye's world-weary vocals take centre stage. Finally, he moves further towards straight up deep house on the tasty "9/11 Inside Job Rework".
Review: The We Mean Disco edit label has always been a little in awe of the legendary Larry Levan, with much of their output featuring reworks of tracks championed by the late Paradise Garage DJ. They're at it again here, allowing regular contributor Philly Vanilli to rework a trio of house tracks championed by the great man. First, he tackles Cleavage's 1987 version of Cymande favourite "Bra", adding new percussion to the already heavy groove. "Oasis" reworks an early piano house gem, emphasizing the dreamy electronics and Inner City style stabs, while "Larry Levan Timewarp Tribute" expertly gathers together bits from a number of tracks, alongside some killer spoken word samples.
Review: The good humour of the We Mean Disco!! crew is present and correct here on their first release of the year. However "Don't Make They Wait" is more than just a long toilet break, its 18 minutes of suspended bliss built out of a Peech Boys sample. The Paradise Garage vibes continue with two lushly accentuated cuts from The Padlock EP, turned into the spacey synth-funk gems, "Hot Scotch" and "We Are Getting Hot". Things wrap up on the lively "Luv Is The Message And The Message Is Luv", a dubby, but fast, exploration of early 80s disco joy.
Review: Every now and then we bestow an unofficial 'outstanding achievements in professional moniker' award. Philly Vanilli are pretty much guaranteed to hold on to this title for a long time to come. "The Sould Groove Experience" is their latest missive for Manolo Brigante's Austrian We Mean Disco! imprint and it's packed with reworked '70s soul gems (eight to be precise). Highlights include the shimmering Fender Rhodes slow jam "Soul Food", the rolling phasered guitar freak out "I Need Da Funk" and the campy Eurodisco effervescence of "To Be In Love".
Philly Vanilli - "Givin You All My Love" (<<<55 BPM
Review: Festive fun and frolics from prolific scalpel fiends We Mean Disco, as leading lights Philly Vanilla head to the dinner table with a steaming bowl of hearty "X-mash" (geddit?). It's a veritable feast of floor-focused party vibes, with the cheekily named twosome flitting between organ-powered disco-house (nine-minute workout "The Human Kind"), vibraphone-laced, delay-laden and suitably tooled up disco ("Heavy Vibes"), smile-inducing '80s soul/boogie-pop cheeriness ("Givin You All My Love") and disco-era Michael Jackson in dub ("Chilly Bean"). Since making this "X-Mash" was a collaborative effort, we also get to savour the woozy and dreamy old school house flex of Kid Paris ("There's No Hype Without Adelis (Wave Techdown Remix)") and the We Mean Disco crew (the party-hearty, pumped-up disco-funk goodness of "Ich Liebe Zu Tanzen!".
Feeels Like IM Yours (WE MEAN DISCO ReVision) - (16:10) 115 BPM
Afro Disco San Franz Disco - (7:55) 118 BPM
Review: Some six weeks after dropping his tasty "Feels Like" EP, We Mean Disco regular Philly Vanilli returns with a couple of notable "Bonus Mixes". First up is "Feels Like I'm Yours (We Mean Disco Revision)", a driving, heavyweight, house style revision of the producer's previous rework that's built around filtered loops from Sade classic "Paradise" and plenty of sweaty extra drums. There are naturally snippets of vocal dotted throughout, as well as some suitable soft-touch '80s sax action. Virtual B-side "Afro Disco San Franz Disco" sees Mr Vanilli add epileptic, fidget style cut-up sections to a guitar solo-laden disco cut rich in lilting trumpet solos, Chic style bass and dub-wise effects. We think it's a revision of a South American cover of "Rapper's Delight", but don't quote us on that.
Review: The melodrama in nu-disco land is catching with this fine Vienna label taking their cue from Alkalino by announcing their "Very Last Edits". Let's hope it's all just hot air to promote their hot tunes. Philly Vanilli presents three of the four tracks: the weird and wonderful warped loops of "I Work For A Living", the rolling basslines, whistles and soulful vocals of "Every Way But Loose" and the gently tweaked "Saturday Night The Girls Are Alright". Aretha Franklin Roosevelt's "Its Just Your Love" is given a deep and shimmering house rework by Teddy Esposito too.