Review: The third volume in Tasty Recordings' ongoing "It's So Disco" compilation series more than lives up to its title, serving up a sizzling selection of bold, party-hearty dancefloor workouts rich in funk-fuelled disco samples. There's nothing here that could be described as "disco" in the purist sense, just fun and occasionally furiously fast club cuts that are guaranteed to set dancefloors alight. Our picks include the rushing, full throttle '80s disco-meets-disco-house insanity of Jack Le Funk's "Funk Off", the pitched-up, funk-fuelled disco-house stomp of Serial Thrilla's "Everybody Dance", the slap bass-propelled mid-tempo bump of Boogie Freaks' "Bring The Old School Back" and the mash-up brilliance of Discotron's "Doin' Their Own Thing", which somehow manages to join the dots between Coldcut's "People Hold On", original disco, '80s electro and disco-house.
Review: Fun loving Party Breaks and Beats label Bomb Strikes serve up a retrospective collection curated by label bosses Mooqee and Beatvandals. With 31 full-length cuts plus a one-hour DJ mix, there's no faulting the VFM as we move through breaks, funk, hip-hop and the occasional gnarlier nugget. Standouts include Andy Cooper & The Allergies' rework of Run DMC's 'Mary Mary' and Beatvandals & A Skilz's 2007 cut 'Sunshine', which mashes up Roy Ayers and Indeep. But the one we keeping back to is Mooqee's 'Supacat Police' (2006), which makes devastating, ragga-fied use of chunks from a certain KRS-One classic that we won't insult your intelligence by naming!