Review: It's been a few months since we've heard anything from Manolo Brigante's Austrian disco label We Mean Disco! That's probably because he's been tracking down the most obscure producers yet to be discovered. Now he's back, brandishing Breixo, an almost completely anonymous re-edit machine who may, or may not, be French. The Edit Machine EP boasts five juicy disco-house cuts, highlights of which include the slinky, Chic-like bass attack of "Do Me Right", and "I've Just Begun To Love You" which sounds like Madonna's Holiday and the cheeky mini-mix by KidPariz. C'est bon!
Review: With 23 tracks to choose from, there's no faulting the value for money offered by this summer compilation from London's Slightly Transformed label. Such an extensive tracklist also offers plenty of scope for stylistic variety, with tracks ranging from laidback, groovesome boogie/soul jams like opener 'What Are We Gonna Do' to the mellow Balearic haze of 'Summer In The City', via the strident 80s attitude of 'Edgy', the looping filter disco of 'Something About Love', the authentic-sounding Blaxploitation funk of 'Mac And Carly Go Uptown', the Zapp/Cameo-isms of 'Firebabe' and even a bossa nova cover of Bill Withers. Serve poolside, accompanied by several mojitos, for maximum impact!
Review: Here is a selection of the finest reworks and remixes from the two most definitive disco labels. Thriving in the New York club scene of the 70's and 80's, West End is the definitive disco label, alongside the equally legendary New York City label Salsoul Records. They present some of the faces who soundtracked that movement. In this collection you'll find versions by remix extraordinaires like Tom Moulton and Shep Pettibone, NYC legends Danny Tenaglia and Masters At Work, Aussie veterans Late Nite Tuff Guy and Dr. Packer, as well as Dimitri From Paris, Joey Negro, Michael Gray and many more across 30 tracks.
Review: Toolroom is back with the second instalment of the 'House Party' series, with Chicago veteran Gene Farris, the enigmatic Wh0 and ascendant duo Raumakustik closing out the summer in style with their respective mixes. Featuring 80 tracks from leading international names including Carl Cox who goes for a minimal vibe on his remix of Hannah Wants & Kevin Knapp's "Call Me", Hot Since 82 serves up something different than usual on the summertime vibe of "Rise", Saved chief Nic Fanciulli gets some spiritual and life-affirming vibes in effect on "Virgo", Hamburg disco stu Tensnake gives Dombresky & Boston Bun's "Stronger" a neon-lit makeover and label boss Mark Knight impresses with the funky house anthem "Tonight" ft. Chenai and Mr. V.
Review: It may have taken eight years, but Joey Negro has finally got round to putting together a follow-up to his superb Backstreet Brit Funk compilation. Like its predecessor, this sequel shines a light on Britain's under-appreciated musical response to the U.S soul, jazz-funk, disco and electro scenes of the late 70s and early 80s. On the whole, the showcased tracks are altogether deeper selections than those found on volume one, meaning obscure highlights come thick and fast. These include - but definitely aren't limited to - the low-slung disco-funk of Rick Clarke's "Potion", the glassy-eyed breeziness of Paradise's "Stop and Think", the footworker-friendly jazz-funk riot of Touchdown's "Ease Your Mind" and the samba-soaked carnival flavours of "Brazeila" by Brazeila. Oh, and a killer dub of Janet Kay's overlooked Brit-boogie classic "Eternally Grateful" that has never before been released.