Review: This is your 2020 edition of Toolroom House Party! Included in this red hot package are 20 brand new and exclusive cuts from the likes of: KC Lights who serves up the funked-up tribal groove of "You & Me", boss man Mark Knight once again heralding the return of good ol' fashioned funky house on "If It's Love" featuring Laura Davie & The Melody Men, legend Sharam Jey with Andruss & Bob Musella on the tough rolling tech funk of "Rise On My Soul" and man of the moment Shiba San getting deep down and dirty on "Runnin' Roll". Elsewhere, Saved head honcho Nic Fanciulli teams up with Black Circle on the spiritual afro house epic "Leap Of Faith", rising Berliners Mat.Joe give us the neon-lit energy of "Off Ma Mind" and you can bet that the ever reliable D. Ramirez makes a contribution (alongside label chief Knight) on the euphoric "Colombian Soul" which is remixed by label staples Sllash & Doppe. Plus, three super-hot DJ mixes from Dombresky, the aforementioned KC Lights & Ben Remember.
Review: Paper Recordings comes through with the absolute goods; a compilation that many true-school house heads wound dream of, especially to own it on digital formats. This is the Northern Disco Lights compilation, a total treasure chest of Scandinavian house jams that are going for serious amounts of money on the second-hand market. In short, this is your chance to own these beauties and mould them into your sets. Inside, you'll find timeless tunes from the likes of the great Bjorn Torske, Doc L Junior, and even the dearly missed Erot with the stone-cold classic "Song For Annie". But, there's more; Biosphere appears with that inimitable drone flair, and even Todd Terje features proudly, as per usual. An absolutely essential release. Warmly recommended.
Review: While all of these mysterious cover versions of b-boy funk classics might be ascribed to a gaggle of unknown acts ("The Poly-Tones", "Leroy Palmer" or "The Jackson Dodds Trio"), they are in fact all the work of Bamboos producer Lance Ferguson and his team of session stars. The crew kick the righteous crap out of gold-plated funk favourites such as S.O.U.L's "Burning Spear", Johnny Pate's "Shaft In Africa", Ronnie Foster's "Mystic Brew" (definitely one for ATCQ fans) and Bob James' "Nautilus". The latter is a great example of the wide-eyed imagination and skill at work here - transforming James' subdued fusion hit into a rip-roaring samba party. Hugely fascinating and hugely funky stuff.