Review: Somewhat bizarrely, in 1978 Penthouse magazine funded the making of an album of particularly sexually charged disco tracks by the Love Symphony Orchestra, an all-star studio band helmed by producer/arranger Mitch Forber. The standout track was "Let Me Be Your Fantasy", a breathless, ten-minute disco climax that was as sweet as it was sleazy. Here it gets the remix treatment courtesy of Glitterbox regular and rework maestro Dr Packer. His version is a little looser and more carnival-ready than the 1978 original, with the track's familiar string, Clavinet and guitar riffs, which all mimic the killer bassline, being joined by what sound like brand new beats and more whistles than your average turn-of-the-90s rave. It's a fine revision that should introduce the track - and slightly odd project - to a whole new audience.
Ekkah - "After Me & You" (Shiro Schwarz remix) - (3:52) 105 BPM
Various - "Future Disco: Visions Of Love" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:11:00) 121 BPM
Review: The 13th volume in Sean Brosnan's "Future Disco" compilation series is certainly an expansive and action- packed affair, with the long-serving nu-disco/disco-house enthusiast packing the 21-track selection with high numbers of exclusives, previously unreleased tracks and club-focused re-edits. As you'd expect, you'll find plenty of revivalist 21st century disco on show, as well as some great tracks which have little to do with disco in any of its myriad forms (see Chrissy's great rave-era piano-house jam "Your Ghost". Highlights include Yuksek's superb Dub of Kraak & Smaak's "Sweet Time", the weighty dub disco strut of Moullinex's "Club Cotton", the boogie squelch of SIRS' "Night Wind", Kenny Dope's typically loose-limbed rework of Moon Boots' "Tied Up", and the sparkling, freestyle and Italo-disco informed bubbliness of "Broken Heart" by David Jackson.
Review: The world's most famous Irish-Iranian DJ/producer serves up a fourth collection of disco and boogie re-edits on his own Re-Loved label. The album features 19 full-length tracks plus two hour-long mixed versions from Haji himself, and the artist roster reads like a Who's Who of the re-edit scene, featuring as it does names like Dr Packer, Chewy Rubs, Birdee and Chuggin' Edits. What's most pleasing, though, is the non-obvious nature of the tracklist: sure, Ian Ossia's opener 'Someone To Count' borrows from Dennis Edwards but that's about as far as we got with trying to identity source material before shrugging our shoulders and just sitting back to enjoy...