Review: When it comes to celebratory, life-affirming musical positivity, you can't beat Midnight Riot's ongoing "Disco Made Me Do It" compilation series, which gathers together a mixture of re-edits, reworks and original productions from the label's vast roster of artists. At 24 tracks deep it's a bit of an epic, though we can happily confirm that the quality threshold remains impressively high throughout. Our current favourites include the Redux Inc re-edit of Casa Blanco's P-funk flavoured hip-wiggler, "Funk & Dub With You", the rushing, piano-powered house bounce of "Got Me" by Ladies on Mars, label boss Yam Who's sparkling nu-boogie revision of Phil Jaimes' "My Sensitivity" and the deep, groovy '80s soul flex of Chevals' "Thank You For The Ride".
Kerri Chandler - "Mix The Vibe/Kaoz On King Street" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:13:23) 125 BPM
Review: Originally released in 97, Kerri Chandler and his King Street sound are back to remind the Ibiza DJ where it all began! With righteous rhodes and archetypal 909 beats par for the course with any Kerri Chandler production, his King Street Sounds label have collected 16 of the New Jersey artist's standout classics. From the undeniable phase action and vocal snippets in "Keep Me Inside", find Chandler's trademark jazzy stabs, cantina pianos and snappy rhythms falling in line with the silky vocals or Carole Sylvan ("Im Ready") to Charles McDougald's a little rougher "It's The Music". Hard drums and distortion furthermore are offset by the sweet and mellow pads in "All Bout Love", with original deep house and bassline flavours going all the way in "Here-N-Now". For something equally jazzy but cooler on the vocal, check out "Sunlight" next to some boss King Street vibes in the ever soulful "Smoke". Long live Kerri C.
Review: Vince Watson launches his new label with the beautiful "Love in F Minor". The deep, jazzy broken beat of the title track is set to lead the way for an imprint that will release music of a similar ilk. The intro mix adds a wonderful hazy dream-like quality before the club mix quickens the pace and adds the oomph.