Review: Some seriously sweet ass edits again courtesy of the discerning Discoalition authority, a label based in Bordeaux (France) and managed by head honcho SEEN ON TV. First up A Digital Needle takes the razor to Bruni Pagan's 1979 digger's delight "Fantasy", UK heroes Imagination get an ergonomic edit too, but for DJ use only with Rare Cuts' version of their 1981 classic "So Good". Finally "One And Only" by Coutel has those feel good, summertime, soul disco vibes with a loop taken from a particular classic but we don't kiss and tell on this one: keep diggin'!
Review: Based in Bordeaux, Seen On TV is the boss of the Discoalition label, which to date has released two of his own and four V/A EPs. Now here comes EP number three, toting two near-instrumental jams. 'Evolution' centres around some postively rude funk squelch that owes more than a little to Parliament's 'Flashlight' by way of inspiration, so to say it wouldn't sound out of place dropped immediately before or after said classic should be taken as praise indeed! The second track, 'Heartbeat', sports a minute-long percussive intro, but thereafter operates in not dissimilar territory, though here Zapp or 70s Cameo might be more apt reference points.
Review: Known for their releases on Yam Who's Midnight Riot, the appropriately-named Shit Hot Soundsystem call shotgun on this latest digital drop from Bordeaux-based Discoalition label. "Flashback" is a wonderfully vibrant slice of retro modern disco, taking all that is classic about the genre but executing it with a contemporary sheen. It sets the tone for this EP as a whole to be honest; witness the delightful disco chug of MB Unlimited's "Float On" or the filter heavy funk stomp of JB Dizzy's "Love Slip". Discoalition founders SEEN ON TV round out matters with the brass heavy delights of "Reach For The Stars."
Review: Back in April, Bordeaux-based Seen On TV launched the Discoalition label with an expansive EP of his own disco, soul and funk re-edits. For this belated follow-up, the Frenchman has decided to do things differently, recruiting a bunch of little-known producers to deliver a split EP of floor-friendly treats. While his own "Back To Chicago" - a grandiose, soaring chunk of hands-aloft disco-soul beefed up with house-centric beats - impresses, there's plenty more to excite elsewhere. Check, for example, DJ Pats' effortlessly jazzy, subtly beefed up version of Maze's smooth classic "Joy & Pain" (here retitled "Sunshine & Rain"), and the sharp strings, rising horns and celebratory vocals of Brexio's tasty opener "Surrender". Both, like the rest of the EP, are spot on.
Review: Having spent much of the last two years establishing Discoalition as one of the edit scene's more reliable labels, boss man Seen On TV has finally decided to deliver a follow-up to his 2015 EP French Kiss. It's an expansive, action-packed affair, with six solid reworks to choose from. Highlights include the elastic bass and bustling disco grooves of opener "Non Stop Dancing", the saucer-eyed, loved-up boogie bliss of "French Kiss", the thrillingly loopy and intoxicating "Lazy Afternoon" (a DJ-friendly instrumental version of an early '80s cut that's notoriously hard to mix) and the hazy disco-funk warmth of the two tunes that close the EP, "Never Enough" and "Shift". The latter, with its spiraling horn lines and twinkling vibraphone lines, is particularly memorable.
Review: Discoalition: accept no substitute! This Bordeaux based disco re-edits label is really doing the business at the moment. Head honcho Seen On TV serves up five fine slices of retro feel good business. "French Kiss" is an apt title for this Thomas Bangalter style cut up, "Never Enough" is more stomping; a soulful disco house floor filler that commands your attention. Some big band seventies soul funk features on "Shift", while smooth and sexy chill out vibes come courtesy of "Lazy Afternoon". We could have named the originals he used here, but as they say: keep diggin'!