Review: Sicky Piano is a new alias for Austrian producer Manolo Brigante, AKA We Mean Disco!! AKA Philly Vanilli, and this latest guise - as the EP title subtly hints! - finds him moving away from his usual disco and boogie vibes into housier territory. 'Tribal' is a serviceable drum- and organ-led workout, 'The Gallery' comes on like a tuffer take on Hed Kandi-style disco-house, while 'Tech Da House' fuses disco elements (is that a snatch of 'Let The Music Play' we heard?) and tech-house, with all three tracks adopting Brigante's trademark kitchen-sink, 'more is more' approach to production and instrumentation.
Review: On what appears to be the first-ever release from San Franz Disco they serve up four re-edits of dancefloor bullets from days of yore, namely Monyaka's 'Go Deh Yaka' (1983), Kid Creole's 'My Male Curiosity' (1984), Gayle Adams' 'Your Love Is A Lifesaver' (1980) and Ecstasy, Passion & Pain's 'Touch & Go' (1976). Far from just whacking an electronic kick underneath everything, SFD's is a more radical approach that involves looping things up to within an inch of their life, drowning everything in reverb/echo and messing with the pitch, Philly Vanilli-style. Is that a good or a bad thing? You decide...
We Mean Disco!! - "This Way Before" - (7:18) 130 BPM
Phil Pots - "Back 2 Luv" - (5:15) 120 BPM
Mister Larry - "Fantasy" - (11:43) 95 BPM
Review: We Mean Disco!! bring us a four-track re-edits EP featuring some very familiar scene names. Philly Vanilli's 'Money Love' loops up the guitar from Funk Masters' 1980 cut 'Love Money', then does that strange vari-tempo thing that they're so fond of, while We Mean Disco!!'s 'This Way Before' mines some unidentified but 70s-sounding disco jam for inspiration. Phil Pots' 'Back 2 Luv' then reworks Carl Smith's 1984 boogie gem 'Come Back Lover', while finally Mister Larry throws something of a curveball as he gives Billy Idol's 1984 hit 'Flesh For Fantasy' a slow-grindin', sleazoid makeover that's actually the surprise standout.
Review: The clue's in the title here, as prolific remixers Philly Vanilli turn their attention to some well-known dancefloor nuggets from days of yore. The standout for this reviewer is opener 'Confusion (Trip 2 Jazz ReFreshment)', an epic, druggy take on The Temptations' 1970 psychedelic soul anthem 'Ball Of Confusion', but PV's take on The Commodores' 80s fave 'Nite Shift' is also very worthy of your attention. Elsewhere, 'Back To Fire' and 'Take Your Seat' draw on unidentified funk/soul and lounge-y space disco sources, respectively, while 'Luther' loops n' warps Vandross classic 'Never Too Much' to within an inch of its life.
Review: Throwing down some hard yet warm and sweet disco grooves is this Computa Disco EP that takes in a whole range of '70s inspired dance music; be it jazz fusion, disco funk or a world of Afro-futurisms. Pumping vocal tracks come through in "Jump 2 Da Edit" and a breezy "Supa Lova (dub mix)" with some beefy house drums backing up the funkadelic licks of bass in "The Boogie In Me". Get your dramatic tribal disco outta "Dance It Feel It", some abstract double kick drums in the "Supalova" original and a touch of NYC B-boy breaks and Italo vocoders in "Computa Disco".
Review: Six re-edits from five different artists make up this latest missive from the WE MEAN DISCO!! camp. Kid Paris mines late-period Michael Jackson, Philly Vanilli loops up Lamont Dozier's original 1977 version of 'Going Back To My Roots' before taking a turn for the Latin on 'Los Cubanos', RoofTopDisco look to Geman-language new wave/disco of the early 80s and Phil Potts bites Gwen Guthrie's Levan-produced 1982 gem 'It Should Have Been You', but it's closer 'Your Brother' by Mister Larry that's the killer - not sure of the source but it'll be a proper treat for lovers of trad-style US garage.
Review: WE MEAN DISCO!!, aka Philly Vanilli, aka Uruguay-born, Vienna-based Manolo Brigante, serves up a five-tracker on his own eponymous label that covers a range of funk/disco styles. 'Freakin' Time' is a reworking of Asphalt Jungle's sax-tastic 'Freaking Time' from 1979 (if you don't know the song, you may recognise the synth topline), 'Detroit City' revisits Exit's 'Detroit Leaning' from 1982, 'Did You Mean Me' is a little more laidback and sumptuous, 'Always In Your Mind' is a lively chugger that'll keep 'em moving for sure, while the title track draws on Love Exchange's 'Got To Find A Disco' from 1978, or possibly someone else's cover thereof...
Review: Phil Pot is, as far as we can make out, a relative newcomer to the scene, with just a couple of re-edit EPs (also on We Mean Disco!!) to his name. Now he serves up seven more of 'em, albeit the only one we can identify the source of is 'Cocaine', which reworks Escort's nu-disco take on the Dillinger reggae classic. The rest of the album seems mostly to mine late 70s/early 80s Eurodisco for inspiration, with lots of foreign language vocals and lounge-y flourishes - the most notable exception to the slightly fromage-tastic rule being 'Liebe', which is a proper disco-house energy booster and no mistake, guv'nor.
Review: What we have here is the debut full-length from a mysterious producer who's previously best known for a handful of singles and EPs on the NuPanda label. Late 70s Euro disco would be the most obvious point of reference for the album as a whole - not least because there are vocals sung in Spanish, German and possibly more - but on individual tracks you can hear influences ranging from boogie (see the shimmering 'Kashif') to Philly soul ('Your Eyes'). Easily offended German-speakers might want to give 'Plandemie in Den Arsch' a swerve, but if you like your disco on the quirkier side there's much to enjoy here.
Review: Like many in the re-edits game, Phil Pot seems to like to keep his true identity quiet, but here he serves up a trio of re-edits for WE MEAN DISCO!! that definitely warrant a listen. 'Simply Red' bites Hucknall & Co's 'Something Got Me Started', and you can make your own mind up about that one! But 'Baby' gives Kid Creole's classic 'I'm A Wonderful Thing (Baby)' a superb makeover complete with Levan/Cowley-style use of FX, and as for 'Groovy Groove'? No idea as to the source, but no matter because once that looped vocal gets going, it's pretty much irresistible!
Review: Label regular Disco Doctor - whose true identity is a closely guarded secret - returns to Austria's We Mean Disco! with a five-track EP. There's a weird slipped-beat thing going on in the middle of 'Dancin' that doesn't really work for yours truly, TBH, but elsewhere 'Get Up' is an energetic, party-hearty kinda cut, 'Tonite' will suit those who are out hunting for some authentically 80s-sounding boogie vibes, 'Kat Mann Du' channels late 70s/early 80s Eurodisco and will probably appeal most to those who loved the sound first time around, while 'Dance Da Boogie' plays us out on a slightly rawer, funkier tip.
Cosmic Phunk (extended club mix) - (12:09) 119 BPM
What Cha - (9:49) 117 BPM
Review: WE MEAN DISCO!! bring us the sixth in a series of re-edit EPs from Discofiasco, which packs reimaginings of three well-known dancefloor cuts from days of yore. First to get the treatment is Donald Byrd's 'Think Twice' from 1974, as previously sampled by everyone from Jazzy Jeff, Pete Rock and Peanut Butter Wolf to The Orb and Armand Van Helden. 'Cosmic Phunk' revisits Mad Dog Fire Department's 1979 TK Disco gem 'Cosmic Funk', while finally we're treated to a very faithful and eminently playable take on Stephanie Mills' soul/disco classic from the same year, 'What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin''.
Review: Five tracks in a total of seven mixes make up this latest missive from the We Mean Disco!! camp. 'Running' (served in Original and Extended rubs) is a slow-rollin' soul/funk affair with a curiously phased/double-tracked (?) b-line that probably marks it out as one for specialist floors only, while 'Dance' is a sunny, shimmery uptempo soul cut that comes complete with a more laidback 'n' groovesome rerub from Philly Vanilli. Elsewhere, 'Love U More' and 'Disco' are authentically 70s-sounding jams replete with squelchy bass, handclaps and soaring female vox, while 'Warp Time' echoes the more leftfield-leaning approach of 'Running'.
Review: Bruni Pagan's 1979 disco jam 'Fantasy' gets reworked by the brilliantly named Philly Vanilli, with three mixes to choose from. The Extended Mix doesn't, truth be told, actually sound that different from the original record - he's just beefed up the bottom end a notch or six, while stuttering the vocal and chopping up the beats in classic 'early 80s remix' fashion in the mid-section. The accompanying Dub ploughs a deeper, more eyes-down furrow, while finally the NY House Mix is brasher, sparser and spacier, and would doubtless have sounded right at home on the floor at Paradise Garage or Danceteria circa 1983.
Review: Philly Vanilli bring us a slice of lavish, late 70s-style disco-soul in the form of 'The Light' - think Teddy Pendergrass or Barry White and you're somewhere in the area! There are two mixes on offer but truth be told they don't differ hugely, with the Main Club Mix really just an extended version of the Original. So it's up to bonus cut 'Tonite' to add a little musical variety to the package, which it does by moving us a little further forward in time to the 80s boogie era, albeit in a wonked-out kinda way...
Review: This seven-track re-edits EP from We Mean Disco!! confused the hell out of us at first: opener 'Shut My Skin' and 'Sledgehammer' are BOTH re-edits of Peter Gabriel's 80s pop hit, which we're pretty sure they've done just to mess with our heads! Elsewhere, Patti Labelle's 'Music Is My Way Of Life' (1979) forms the basis for 'Music Is My Life', while 'Heavy Vibes (That's House)' is a shufflin' Latin disco groove topped with the spoken vocal from Todd Gardner's 'Do You Know House?'. The dreamy, dubby 'Hypnodelic' channels Chi-town deepness and has Robert Owens on the mic, 'Thinking About' is a more energetic strutter with a preacher-style vocal, and finally 'Slave' brings some full-on late 70s nostalgia.