Review: Paul Older (aka Paolo Vecchiato) is a northern Italian DJ with almost 20 years of experience behind the decks. Older is constantly looking for new music and ideas as he assembles and orchestrates a mixture of sounds to shake up the dancefloor. After releases on Daje Funk and Ocean Trax, he now gets groomed for the big time on his latest for the mighty Masterworks Music. The Boogie Explosion EP features the groovy dancefloor shakedown of the title track, the familiar '70s New York City disco feels of "Dream" and the low slung late night action of "Sit & Dance" closing out this piping-hot offering from a name you're going to be hearing more of in 2020.
Review: Since he last featured on Furious Mandrill back in December 2019, Paul Older has taken his particular brand of humid dancefloor funk to the Discoweey and Tropical Disco labels. His return to Furious Mandrill tops the lot, with the now-established re-editor and remixer offering up chunky, floor-friendly revisions of hot-to-trot disco, funk and jazz-funk jams from both Africa and South America. Their most infectious and weighty of the four tracks is undoubtedly the inspired Afro-disco workout "Akisakisana", where positive chords and chanted vocals raise the temperature after an extra-percussive start, though the horn-heavy Brazilian disco-funk vibes of "Mais" are also deliciously addictive. Elsewhere, "Los Carmelos" is a cheery skip through sun-kissed samba-disco territory and "Monkey Funky" sees Older successfully beef up a wild, Hammond-heavy disco-funk jam.
Review: Italy's Paolo Vecchiato serves up four authentic-sounding slices of retro funk. 'Street Pocket' itself is up first, a sax-tastic, laidback jazz-funker reminiscent of The Crusaders or (dare we say it) Shakatak, particularly when the girly chorus arrives halfway through. 'Never' is in a similar vein but has more of a sultry, late-night feel, while 'Funky Doo' takes us into more stomping, silver-jumpsuit-clad Ohio Players/Commodores territory and barrio funker 'Nao Poche' plays us out on a Latin-tinged note. An EP that could easily have been made some time around 1981 - and in this case that's a compliment, not a complaint!
Review: Thunder Jam's latest release offers us a chance to casually wander around the "Edit Mind" of debutant producer Paul Older. It's an attractive place where loopy, filtered and delay-heavy disco-house revisions of obscure turn-of-the-80s cuts ("I Need Your Love") rub shoulders with Clavinet-sporting slabs of disco-funk/AOR disco fusion in an echo chamber filled with bell-bottom flares, hoary haircuts and flash-fried DJ effects ("Jump"). The corridors of Older's cranium also boast doors to P-funk-fired dancefloor shufflers ("The Magic") and bouncy, house style cut-ups of glassy-eyed Philly Soul numbers (EP highlight "You Are Perfect").