Seamus Haji - "I Got You" (feat Bryan Chambers - Dr Packer extended remix) - (6:59) 120 BPM
Slam Dunk'd - "No Price" (feat Chromeo & Al-P - Dr Packer extended remix) - (8:06) 123 BPM
The Shapeshifters - "Try My Love (On For Size)" (feat Teni Tinks - Dr Packer extended remix) - (8:14) 120 BPM
Review: Aussie disco don Dr Packer has been Glitterbox Recordings' go-to remixer for some time now. Three years ago, the label opened up its archives and allowed him free reign to rework whatever he wanted, releasing the results as Dr Packer's Different Strokes. This belated sequel follows a similar blueprint, collecting together a wealth of remixes as well as a couple of non-stop DJ mixes of the same material. Much of the music is authentically disco-centric - think organic instrumentation, swirling strings and rushing vocals - with just enough grunt to please those dancefloors the require 21st century low-end weight. Highlights include a glassy-eyed take on Aeroplane's 'Love on Hold', a sing-along version of Lemelle's boogie gem 'You Got Something Special' and a handful of fine rubs of the Shapeshifters.
Review: Featuring the much in-demand tonsils of Kylie Aulist, 'Get A Hold On This' was one of the standout cuts on Vanucci's recent 'Digging For A Living' and now gets the single release it deserves. The country-tinged album version is present and correct, while Bristol's finest funk and hip-hop crew The Allergies ditch the country swing and instead serve up a rawer take that's dripping in southern soul. But it's Dr Rubberfunk's remix that makes this truly essential, as he strips things right back to the bones, drops the tempo a tiny bit and adds a killer Hammond groove of his own.
Review: Bristol's The Allergies (aka Moneyshot and Rackabeat) blew people's minds with their debut LP, As We Do Our Thing and now they are back with follow up, Push On. We're used to the pair effortlessly fusing funk, Northern soul and big beats but this time round they've expanded their horizons to also feature hip-hop, with UK MC veteran, Dr Syntax (The Mouse Outfit, Foreign Beggars) joining the fray. Some of the many highlights include the retro soul stomp of "Entitled To That", the Fatboy-goes-back-to-sixties Southern soul of "Since You've Been Gone" and the clavinet-driven funk of "Get Down On You".
Review: If you like your house music to be big, bold, celebratory and served with lashings of mirrorball-friendly disco flavours, this expansive compilation from CR2 should be right up your alley. It boasts plenty of tracks and remixes from modern masters of the revivalist disco scene (think Dr Packer, the Reflex, Birdee, and Sneaky Sound System) plus bona fide legends of the scene who have been operative since the original days of disco-house in the mid-to-late 1990s (Dimitri From Paris, Mousse T, Lenny Fontana and Rhythm Masters, to name just four). The plentiful highlights include Phil Fuldner's fine rework of Get To Know's chunky "I Just Love", the swirling, string-drenched peak-time rush of Exhibit A's "G Minor", Casual Connection's hybrid electrofunk/nu-disco revision of Sneaky Sound System's "Can't Help The Way I Feel" and the all-action, filter-sporting cheeriness of sometime Greenskeepers man James Curd's ace "Shake Yourself".
Review: From seminal YouTube damage to worldwide events and all sorts more, UKF continues to spin its own distinctive low-end yarn. Having made its presence known beyond the dubstep and drum & bass worlds in the last year or so, Bass Culture 3 acts as a pivotal release and shows the channel is far from genre-specific. Amidst the massive bangers that the brand is known for - TC - "Get Down Low", Must Die & Mantis - "Culture", Mob Tactics - "The Answer" - there are plenty of other corners explored, too. From the 808 allure of Buku's "No One Does" to the angular jacking of Three Bar's "Everybody" via My Nu Leng's unavoidable "Masterplan", this album represents some of the most exciting examples of bass behaviour in all styles of electronic music.