Review: Last year, Montreal scene stalwart and original disco DJ/remixer Robert Ouimet surprisingly returned to action with a trio of rework singles released by Basic Fingers and Whiskey Disco. Here he marks his first appearance on Alpaca Edits with another quartet of tried-and-tested re-rubs. He starts in confident fashion via the bouncy, string-drenched and bass-heavy disco brilliance of "Blow Your Whistle", before closing his eyes and reaching for the flanged disco-funk guitars on the celebratory stomp of "Super Slick". His love of rock-fired disco heaviness is explored further on standout rework "Finger Lickin", while closing cut "Good Time Crescendo" is a soaring, feel-good disco number that more than lives up to the promise of its title.
This Ain't Yo Mama's Soul Train (original mix) - (6:11) 120 BPM
This Ain't Yo Mama's Soul Train (Micfreak remix) - (4:54) 124 BPM
Review: Alpaca Edits regular Pete Le Freq takes time out from offering up "multi-track edits" to deliver a swirling, string-drenched chunk of disco house sweetness in collaboration with Coco Street. In its original form, "This Ain't Yo Mama's Soul Train" makes extensive use of elements from a Philadelphia International classic, layering up glassy-eyed Tony Montana style orchestration and vocal snippets over a bustling house beat. The accompanying Micfreak Remix takes the track further into disco-house territory, pitching the cut up to 124 BPM and beefing up the beats to gargantuan proportions. It's a suitably heavy alternative version that sounds like a peak-time staple in waiting.
Review: Given that he named himself after a popular brand of tinned pastry products, it would be fair to say that Fray Bentos likes pie. Disappointingly there's a distinctive lack of pie puns within the track titles of his latest EP, though the edits themselves are top notch. "Sum Ting About Ya" is an expertly rearranged and lightly bulked up slab of disco-soul, while "What It Takes" is a thrillingly delay-laden, tooled-up revision of a sing-along disco classic that makes the most of the original's synth bass-propelled instrumentation. For the EP's final two tracks he joins forces with Dusty Sanchez, first for the bustling disco-house stomp of "Hit It Off" and then the filter-smothered warmth of "Strengthen It Out", a deliciously dreamy affair blessed with superb piano solos.
Review: Multi-track maestro Pete Le Freq is back with a third selection of hot-to-trot reworks created using original vocals and instrumentation from a range of disco and boogie-era cuts. He successfully teases and filters out the Jackson Sisters on "Refreq'ed Miracle", before putting his stamp on Phreek's Patrick Adams-produced Paradise Garage anthem, "Weekend". He then delivers two storming cuts based on Dan Hartman's "Relight My Fire": an extended instrumental ("Pete's Got Vertigo") and a sing-along version with added Loleatta Holloway ("Relight Dan's Fire"). Elsewhere, he successfully tampers with a Salsoul classic ("Twenty Percent") and sticks a bouncy house beat beneath a string-laden disco classic ("Luv Town").
Review: Alpaca Edits heavyweight Pete Le Freq continues to make merry with the multi-track tapes of dusty disco, soul and electrofunk classics. This second selection of "freak-outs" is every bit as on-point as its predecessor, with the self-proclaimed "Freq" sprinting through the soaring disco-soul brilliance of "The Playa" before slinking into '80s soul/AOR pop mode on the dreamy and quietly groovy "Any Further" (a period 12" Dub style revision of a well-known radio favourite). Elsewhere he tampers with Janet Jackson's Jam and Lewis produced classic "What Have You Done For Me Lately" with typically impressive results before successfully "talkin' about bad girls" on punchy rework "Naughty Girls". Best of all, though, is "Let No Man", a loose and life-affirming edit of one of the greatest disco records of all time.
Review: Right now it seems like a week doesn't pass without the release of a new re-edit EP from Pete Le Freq. While it's not that surprising - the disco edit scene is full of prolific rework merchants - what is eyebrow-raising is the way that the Alpaca Edits regular is able to keep the quality threshold impressively high. For proof, check the glassy-eyed yacht rock/AOR disco-soul brilliance of "Before", the all-action, slap-bass and string-laden disco heaviness of "Stompy McStompface" (this week's most humorously titled re-edit), and the filter sporting, dub disco style "Boo Ghee Nights", where one of disco's most famous cuts gets a tidy 21st century makeover.
Review: We'd like to think that Pete Le Freq completed these glassy-eyed '70s and '80s yacht-rock edits while dressed in suitable attire, specifically a pastel coloured, loose fit jump suit and boat shoes. Sadly, he probably didn't, but happily his "rewinds" will suit all those yearning for a bit of warm, sun-kissed positivity. Our pick of the bunch is "Say", where a string-laden classic from blue-eyed soul maestro Boz Scaggs is gently tooled up, dubbed-out and rearranged for maximum dancefloor impact. Elsewhere, "Yah Mo" is a tasty version of an eyes-closed, synth-laden '80s soul/yacht rock classic, while "Puddin' & Pie" is a groovy, occasionally echoing version of soft focus Toto classic "Georgy Porgy" that's just crying out to be rocked on an Adriatic boat party.
Review: Alpaca Edits founder Pete Le Freq is on a roll at the moment, with a string of high-grade EPs still to drop in coming weeks. "Burnin" is the first of these and is every bit as essential as the producer's previous edit EPs. He starts in confident mood offering up a groovy, subtly beefed-up revision of a Gwen McRae classic that wisely gives dcue prominence to the original track's killer bassline. "Turn Your Love" sees the friendly Freq get busy with filter tricks on a breezy version of a 1980s George Benson favourite, while "Dreamin' The Dream" is a driving, low-slung revision of a powerful disco-funk workout. Arguably best of all, though, is "What About Nile", a gently breezy, filter-sporting slab revision of a sleek, chic and lovelorn disco classic.
Review: Ireland's Dexter Jones serves up three reworked dancefloor nuggets from days gone by. 'Don't Stop' opens with an extended, Italo-esque synth intro, then bursts suddenly into life around the two-minute mark with a great big horns riff and a vocodered male "don't stop" vocal that alternates with a female vocal chorus singing "don't stop the music", though where these elements have come from we can't tell you (and no, it's not Yarburgh & Peoples!). The male-vocalled soul/boogie grooves of 'Get On Down', on the other hand, have been lifted from Raydio's 'It's Time To Party Now' from 1980, while there's more "boogie bassline + soulful harmonies" action on the closing 'Split Personality'.
Review: Fresh from a recent outing on Rare Wiri, sometime Midnight Riot and Hot Digits duo Cuz Electric (AKA Rich Hall and Megan Jones) bring their brand of disco revisionism to Alpaca Edits for the second time. They begin by putting their spin on an elastic, P-funk influenced electrofunk jam (the body-popping brilliance of "Elevate"), before cannily re-arranging and re-EQ'ing a mid '80s new wave disco jam on the big studio grandiosity of "Help Myself". They skip their way through a Hugh Masekela style mid-'80s South African bubblegum track on "Too High", while "To Moira" is a deliciously muscular, string-laden chunk of camp disco celebration just crying out for peak-time plays.
Review: Fresh from showcasing his trademark brand of hypnotic dancefloor reworks on Seamus Haji's Re-Loved imprint, sometime Midnight Riot and Hot Digits artist Chuggin Edits makes his first appearance on Alpaca Edits for almost a year. There's much to admire across the five-track EP, from the Saccharine sweetness of drowsy Balearic rework "We Are Devotion" (the kind of softly spun AOR pop edit that screams "end of night jam"), to the triple-time blue-eyed soul cut-up of "Bit By Bit", via the 1980s Barry White haziness of "The Peach" and sun-kissed, trumpet-sporting warmth of the EP's superb closing cut, "Pleasure". In other words, it's another fine collection of unlikely, Balearic-minded reworks for steamy sunsets and tactile sunrises.
Review: Bam: 15 massive edits from Alpaca crew all in one hefty, hairy hit. How many can you spot? How many can you play in one set? How many more of these words are you going to read before you press play and hear for yourself? If you know Alpaca, you'll know the deal; deep digs and big faves all respectfully beefed and tweaked for your DJ pleasure. From the roxy foxy yearning of "This Is More" to the upbeat glory of "Don't Call Dr Nick" via "Labour Of Love", an edit so percussive and funky it'll have you crying out loud. That's barely scratching the surface... You're going to have a lot of fun with these this Christmas.
Review: York based label specialising in soul, funk and nu/old disco edits. They make what they like in headphones come out the big speakers - and hopefully some vinyl releases are coming soon. Next up for the label is Andy Buchan, who is back in his home of the United KIngdom after a long stint in Dubai. Here the Leeds based artist delivers "Caught In The Middle" and it hurts not knowing the name of the early '80s disco diva he sampled on this wicked edit. Next up "Kos Mick" does exactly what it says on the tin with this cosmic synth journey that reaches near intergalactic moments. There's also some super soulful galaxian vibes on "Dancing Tight" and "Space Chant" gets some Afro vibes in the house. In addition to deejaying and production, Buchan is a copywriter, editor and journalist who worked at DJ Mag Middle East. He is also a self-confessed expert muffin maker.
Review: York-based Alfa Flite is slowly building a reputation as a purveyor of fine, soul-flecked edits that tiptoe the fine line between deep house and disco. Here, the mystery combo drops a new edit - a sensual, head-nodding and toe-tapping reinterpretation of what appears to be a classic Sade cut. With rubbery bass, unfussy beats, gentle guitars and emotion-rich vocals, there's plenty to enjoy. With a decent amount of compression on the beats and bassline, as well as a surprisingly distant feel about the vocal, it feels primed and ready for dancefloors that like their grooves toe tapping, head nodding and groovy.
Review: Re-edit kings Rocknrolla Soundsystem return with their takes on three more vintage dancefloor gems. The Jackson 5 are the first to go under the knife, with 'Keep On Dancing' extended to 6:39 of looping groove with MJ's vocal front and centre but not over-used. Next it's the turn of Rufus & Chaka Khan's 'Live In Me', a rolling affair with those mighty tonsils in full effect, before the Rocknrollers get deep down and dirty as they rework The Gap Band's 'Shake' with its Fatback-ish earworm of a chorus ("shake, shake shake shake, shake my booty at the disco").
Review: We're not sure what happened to York artist Alfa Flite's infamous bass twang (perhaps the strings snapped?), but it's nowhere to be found on "Spinnin". Instead what we get is the warm and reassuring Detroit Spinners classic "I'll Be Around", gently tweaked and beefed up for some good old party action.
Review: Poor old Mark "Thunderthumbs" King of Level 42. Despite being a funk jammer extraordinaire, he has struggled to gain respect beyond his own, deeply loyal fanbase. Well, perhaps Alfa Flite's re-edit of Level 42's shimmering jazz-funk classic "Love Games" will go someway to changing people's perception. Retaining that killer bassline, but swapping most of the vox for a pumping house exoskeleton, this is now a cooler beast (without any whiff of Cassandra) indeed.
Review: Former DJ Mag Middle East editor Andy Buchan is undoubtedly one of the rising stars of the nu-disco and re-edits scene. His reworks are always of a solid standard - and often even higher - making each successive release a "must-check". Predictably he's in fine form on this Alpaca Edits outing, brilliantly kicking things off with the jaunty, peak-time-ready disco-soul stomp of "Clean Up Your Own Yard (J Moore edit)". Arguably even better is "Fortunate Son (Ccr Edit)", a percussion-rich rework of a flash-friend funk-rock classic, while closing cut "Say Wot (A Sensible Captain Edit)" is baggy, bouncy, giddy and blessed with the kind of bassline that will be stuck in your head for days. And yes, it is a revision of an overlooked Captain Sensible classic.
Review: Mike Woods has previously delivered the goods on a number of popular re-edit imprints, including Masterworks Music, Cherry Cola and Disco Fruit. Here he stars on Alpaca Edits for the first time. Woods begins with the chunky, synth-laden, sun-kissed goodness of "Mind Funk", before dipping into his bag of throbbing, EBM-influenced Italo-disco tricks with "Hey Hey", a stomping rework of a Fairlight CMI-powered Trevor Horn production from 1984. It doesn't take a degree in crate digging to work out the track being rearranged on "Rapping Wordyhood"; for the record, Woods's revision is faithful to the original while giving it his own subtle tweak. Arguably best of all, though, is "Get Down", a loopy, floor-friendly revision of a lesser-known cover of an early hip-hop classic.
Review: Alpaca Edits are back with one of the scene's most favoured editors at present: Andy Buchan. The Leeds based disco DJ first cut his teeth playing in Dubai a while back, where he was editor of DJ Mag Middle East. Nowadays, you can find him playing across the UK and presenting his highly sought after resplices on top labels like Hot Digits, Masterworks, Spa In Disco and Audaz. His new Deja Vu EP features the disco inferno of "Imagine This" (Crescendolls edit), the lo-slung boogie down vibe of "U Did It" (Fatboy Ann edit) and the flamboyant What The "Jezahel" (Birley Shassey edit) - which was our favourite of the bunch.
Review: UK nu-disco boys Alfa Flite jump back onto their own catalogue with a new one-tracker for the club piste, a slice of new age boogie delight served with a side of pop, as per usual. "Slave" is a dance tune in shape, its 4/4 groove bouncing from side to side with patience, but its vocal samples make it instantly seductive and easy to remember; moreover, they're placed sublimely into a tight beat with a deep arrangement. Another solid piece of love from these guys.
Review: A Tokyo-based, Melbourne-born producer with over ten years industry experience, JSquared has of late been enjoying success as a disco re-edit meister (the likes of Kraak & Smaak having been including his work in their sets). Here he drops a new reworked version of Sharon Redd's "Never Gonna Give You Up". As you can expect it's a total '80s synth-funk explosion of leather tracksuits, perms, big sharp snares and bigger vocals. So in other words: party dynamite!
Review: Hailing from York, house-funk act, Alfa Flite, have seen their popularity rise in direct correlation to the increase in slap bass on each new release. On this basis "West Coast Sun" should propel them into the stratosphere, as it's a tight-as-a-gnats-chuff boogie-funker with their trademark rubbery bass twanging left, right and centre! Essential party ammunition.
Review: Casual Connection shouldn't be a new name to those who pay close attention to the international re-edit scene; his debut EP Sugar - released in October on DiscoDat - delivered a range of sacharrine-sweet reworks of '70s and '80s gems with a solid dancefloor focus. Here, the Perth-based producer appears on York's Alpaca Edits with "Your Wish", a sprawling tribute to an '80s soul classic that makes much of the original's chiming melodies, popping drum machine percussion and yearning vocal. The addition of some decidedly cosmic electronics and a stretched-out groove works wonderfully, making "Your Wish" something of a surprise gem. If you enjoy the sugary-sweet taste of '80s soul and R&B, this should be an essential purchase.
Review: This Aussie disco doctor always packs a punch and here he administers it straight into the veins via a big old hypodermic jam called "Shane's Got The Power". It's a fierce electro-boogie monster featuring early '80s Minneapolis bass and snares, all married to tight clean guitar licks, vocodered vocals and some spacey swishes just for the hell of it. We're not sure if this is an original production or not, but either way it's the bomb.
Review: Back in July 2016, we commented that Chuggin' Edits debut release - a fine E.P of largely slo-mo toe-tappers - did "exactly what its' title promises". The same could easily be said of this first outing on Alpaca Edits. "What Choo Gonna Do" sees the mystery editor make merry with one of disco's most sensual end-of-night head-nodders, Stephanie Mills' peerless "Wha Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin'". He or she expertly extends key instrumental passages whilst retaining Mills' brilliant vocal, the result being an extended period of pleasure. On the virtual flip, the chief chugger takes his or her scalpel to Lowrell's brilliant "Mellow, Mellow Right On", making it rise and fall in all the right places.
Review: The Alpaca Edits camp are back with Anything To Stay Up. Stevie Wonder's classic "Love's Light In Flight" (known here as "Acid Paradise") gets a re-rub and is almost as good as that great one by Soul Clap a few years ago. There's some Salsoul Orchestra sounding big band disco on "Sweet Sensation" And they're not wrong: That Needs An Edit! Chic's "Soup For One" gets a re-splice on "Mojo Soup"; now that definitely needed an edit!
Review: Given the usual high quality of their reworks, it's little surprise to see Situation pop up on Alpaca Edits. There's much to admire on this four-track assault of mid-tempo floorfillers, with the Gloucestershire outfit showcasing their shrewd way with a scalpel. They begin with the Rhodes-laden soul shuffle of "Cookin' On Love", before sneakily rearranging a much-loved, synth-heavy boogie banger from Melba Moore to emphasise the killer bassline, sweet vocal and ear-catching guitars ("Moore Melba"). Also impressive is the bluesy, low-slung funk-rock of "Gimme Some", though the standout is undoubtedly "Prancing Mayfield". Expertly stitching together bits of several tunes, it's an altogether more classy proposition that 99% of cut-and-paste efforts.
Review: York-based soul/funk label claims "we make what we like in headphones come out the big speakers" and we like the way they think! There's a who's who on here who give credit to the edit. The Perth, Australia legend that is Greg "Dr." Packer features with the funky "Shane's Got The Power" and teams up with Mr Rhodes on "Comin' Off" which is a smoother ride on the soul train. Fellow Aussie Casual Connections serves us with boogie vibes of "Your Love" while loveable pranksters Alfa Flite give us the smooth re-edit of soul queen Sade on "Nothing" among others.
Review: The Alpaca Edits crew are never short of new talent, and this time they've come through with a monster seventeen-tracker from Stephen Richards, who has enough funk to go around our all of our charts this week. By funk, we mean the essence of these tunes, as they're backbone is comprised mainly of swinging house beats with a nice and danceable 4/4 shake. If you're looking for a summer cooler, then this will no doubt hit the spot, and they're sure to work like a charm amid more tech-minded cuts. It's a big'n!
Review: Charlie Brown Superstar is no stranger to a bit of space boogie, and the Alpaca Edits crew seems like the perfect place for him to socialise in. In fact, "Givin' It Up" is a lovely, laid-back chat-starter, the sort of banger you put on to impress that special person on a night out - what a bassline! Now that tune is difficult to beat, but "Goin' South" does a good job at delivering a highly sensual, dubbed-out house rush, "Never Gonna Stop" flaps its funky disco wings at a steady pace, and the excellent "Oh Yeah" ties this absolutely stellar EP off with a west-coast, blue-eyed soul kind of swagger - for fans of Ned Doheny. TIP!!
Review: Relative newcomers on the scene, Patawawa, are not your average nu-disco act. For a start they're a trio (Sam Wilmot, Rory Lovatt, and Beth Garrett), they don't re-edit, they play live and they don't even hail from anywhere trendy (they're from Derbyshire, a fact that, they believe, lends their music a certain cheekiness). Here we find their recent Chic-esque single, Red & White, reworked by the one and only Dr Packer. He's done a sterling job of retaining almost all the elements of the original song but added some looser disco-house groove and swing. Imagine if they made an album!
Review: Having previously showcased the wares of their own crewmembers, York-based scalpel jockeys Alpaca Edits has decided to look further afield for material. Thus, this latest single-track salvo (not bothering to release full EPs being another recurring theme) comes from Perth-based Aussie filter-worrier Casual Connection. In his usual head-nodding, toe-tapping way (think extended builds, heavy filters, loops and just a touch of house style production) "CC" delivers a largely instrumental reworking of Zapp's stone cold P-funk classic "More Bounce To The Ounce". Given that the original seemingly goes on for about three weeks, a cut-job is justified, and Casual Connection's rework gets just the right balance between talk box love, bumpin' grooves and contemporary production trickery.
Review: Hailing from Wolverhampton, up and coming producer Lee Perry might well have been confused for the legendary dub producer were it not for a wise adoption of a pseudonym. He last surfaced on Magic Feet serving up a split release with Rich Lane, but this time he's going it alone with a cheeky remix that will appeal to anyone who was actively digging into the golden years of Britpop. Mansun's "Wide Open Space" was arguably their biggest hit, and Perry takes a careful approach that lays a warm, throbbing disco bedrock underneath Paul Draper's haunting vocals which should slide smoothly into any warm-up situation.
Review: The York label Alpaca Edits has swiftly earned themselves a spot in the hearts of digital selectors everywhere thanks to their canny edits that span the crawlspace between deep house and disco. Founders Alfa Flite have played an integral role in this rise with their own work and get another chance to shine on the latest Alpaca Edits release In/Out Boogie. We're not sure if the title is a sly homage to West coast burger joint In & Out Burger but the cut itself is a prime slice of disco with a bassline that really hugs your hips.
Review: Combine influences of Daft Punk, Ed Banger's Breakbot and Justice, with some chunked up disco beats, guitar licks, cosmic synths and vocoded vocals - like JSquared's done for Alpaca Edits - and you have a bona fide dancefloor bomb. Justice (get it) and homage is done to The Ol'Jays 1983 original, "Put Our Heads Together" which is rip-roaring enough, but if you're after that contemporary touch of modernism, this the edit.
Review: Sometime Masterworks Music manipulators That Needs An Edit (an alias of Alpaca Edits mainstays Pete Le Freq and Jon Baker-Hood) have decided to have a "Multi-Track Freakout" and we've all been invited along to listen to the fun unfold. They begin with a stellar, surprisingly stripped back revision of Dan Hartman classic "Relight My Fire" that brilliantly showcases instrumental elements largely buried in the original (razor-sharp funk guitar riffs, bongo patterns etc) before introducing the track's superb vocals and orchestrations. The result is a killer, 12-minute peak-time beast. Handle with care! The EP's other outing is similarly epic, with the duo giving a Clavinet-heavy new twist to Michael Jackson classic "Get On The Floor". This, too, has the makings of a dancefloor anthem.
Review: Austrian producer Mannix returns to Alpaca Edits with two more retro-happy, disco-flavoured jams. Centred around a singalong "why must a girl like me love a man like you?" chorus, 'A Girl Like Me' is a high-camp affair with something of a 70s Eurovision air about it, and hence is probably best served to dancefloors that don't mind a hint of fromage (or formaggio or K?se, if you prefer). Rollicking along at a fairly pacey 127bpm, the accompanying 'You Got Me' operates in similar territory, but has more of an authentic US feel.
Review: York based Alpaca Edits is run by Pete Le Freq and makes make what you like in the headphones come out the big speakers with their top edits, reworks and remixes. Now he has hot C Da Afro - see what he did there - from Greece who has appeared previously for Midnight Riot, SpringBok, Editorial and Spa In Disco. Filtered late-night Miami vibes abound on "Touching You Feeling You", sexy deep disco for lovers awaits you on "Weekend Madness" and "With Cristine In The Disco" features some sultry saxophone action that would make a grown man cry.
Review: Here's something you can feel good about buying: a charity collection of re-edits and original productions that aims to raise fund for testicular cancer research. The Alpaca Edits crew has done a superb job in rounding up contributions from some of this generation's most popular scalpel fiends, including '80s Child, Dr Packer, Fingerman and Fabiolous Barker. Highlights come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, from the head-nodding, horn-heavy funk of Rafael Fernandez's "Uh-Oh", and Stephen Richards' house-friendly Kool & The Gang rework ("Fresh"), to the piano-totin', boogie brilliance of Bad Barbie Vs Evil Smarty's "Loose Juice", and Goldboy's standout nu-disco jam "Under Game".
Review: Minnie Ripperton's 70s hit Two People is the gift that keeps on giving to aspiring producers. Here Alfa Flite joins the long, long list of folk who have sampled the iconic tune and he doesn't do a bad job either. Opting for a laid-back funk groove and elasticated bassline, he suspends the originals shimmering chords whilst cleverly drip feeding us the famous chorus.
Review: Another one-tracker from disco-edit Londoner Fabiolous Barker. "The City" is a celebratory trek through the mind of someone like Rick James - all twangy, skintight lurex basslines, snappy snares and golden choruses. Totally dope.
Review: Known for their short, sharp one-trackers, nu-disco act Alfa Flite have done it again. This time they've served up a sizzler in the form of "Framed", an elasticated housey thump of a top disco bug-out. Coming across like a seriously compressed 80s James Brown joint, this one will have you dancing on tables before it's through.
Review: October 2015 has been a big month for fans of Dr Packer, Western Australia's premier provider of smooth, house-friendly disco re-edits. Not only did he drop a cracking EP of re-worked disco and electrofunk anthems on Masterworks Music, but he's also delivered this chunk of party-starting goodness on Alpaca Edits, a label that strangely favours single-track salvos. We're not sure of the original source material for "Dreamin", but it's a breezy, soul-flecked disco delight full of clipped guitars, positive vocal snippets and liquid synthesizer lines - topped off, of course, but the good doctor's usual shuffling house drums and expansive filter work.