Review: While not one of Sylvester's better-known club hits, 1978 jam "Dance (Disco Heat)" is every bit as essential as "I Need You", "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" and "Over & Over". Here, Masters at Work man Louie Vega offers up his takes on the disco classic, which sits somewhere between the traditional NYC sound and the muscular, arpeggio-heavy electronic style of disco made famous by Giorgio Moroder and Patrick Cowley. Vega's 12-minute A-side "Re-touch" strips out many of the electronic touches, instead focusing on delivering celebratory, peak-time disco abandon. On the flipside you'll find two tasty DJ tools: a loopy, slightly more house-centric dub (which also includes a lengthy filtered section to allow for longer mixes) and a short instrumental mix.
Review: Scene veteran Sean Brosnan is the selector behind Future Disco's latest all-action collection of nu-disco and disco-inspired house cuts, which is here presented in DJ-friendly, unmixed form. As usual, you'll find a clutch of recent peak-time club hits - see Louie Vega's fantastic rework of Sylvester's "Dance", the brilliant E-Live Remix of Saucy Lady's boogie-powered "Together" and Danny Krvit's simultaneously stomping and spacey Extended Vocal Dub Edit of Emilie Nana's "I Rise" - alongside previously unheard Future Disco edits and lesser-celebrated gems (see Amp Fiddler's "Steppin", Kraak and Smaak's collaboration with Luxxury, and Greg Wilson's exclusive tweak of Sweet Tooth T's cover of Chemise's boogie classic "She Can't Love You").
Review: When it comes to blending classic disco and bumpin' peak-time house, few can match Joey Negro - a man who has been offering up disco-fied house jams since the early '90s. There are naturally plenty of his own tracks and remixes on "Put Some Disco In The House", an expansive collection of quality disco-house moments, with highlights including the rolling disco-boogie heat of "Put The Music On It (Original Disco Mix)", the chunky, walking bass-propelled "Dancing Into The Stars" (with Horse Meat Disco and Angela Johnson) and a slamming rework of Sessomato's jazz-funk flavoured "Moody". There's plenty of heat to be found elsewhere, too, with standouts including JKriv and Adeline's "Vertigo", Opolopo's boogie-tinged revision of Sylvester classic "I Need You" and the spiraling disco pump of Yam Who and Jaegerossa's "Grateful".
Kelvin Sylvester & Lee Wilson - "When The Beat Drops" - (6:49) 123 BPM
Trip Report - "I've Got It" - (6:04) 120 BPM
Bosq - "Because You" (Caserta Spacetrumental) - (5:20) 104 BPM
Review: Via the ongoing Dancing On The Charles compilation series and associated parties, Soul Clap continues to champion the sounds of Boston's lesser-celebrated underground electronic music scene. This is the fifth annual instalment and, at 12 tracks deep, also one of the most musically expansive, too. We're rather enjoying the deep, boogie-tinged soulful house flex of Matt Carey's "Roses", the acid-powered deep house wooziness of Nick Thrine, Suspense and Finley's "Liquid", and the driving, mind-mangling acid-jack of Trip Report's "I've Got It", though highlights abound throughout. We'd also recommend checking out the colourful boogie brilliance of Saucy Lady's "It's All Here", which is so authentic to its inspirations that you half expect it to boast Jheri curls and keytar slung over one shoulder.
Review: The latest Glitterbox compilation is something of an epic, featuring two all action DJ mixes from bossman Simon Dunmore, and 40-odd unmixed, DJ-friendly tracks. Naturally, the emphasis is on celebratory, feel-good workouts, with Dunmore's superb selections taking in classic disco and boogie (Change, Shirley Lites, the Originals), contemporary disco-fired workouts (Purple Disco Machine, BB Boogie's soul-fired "Sweating and Shaking"), cheery disco-house anthems (95 North, Reverendos of Soul) and all-out peak-time house gems (see the contributions from Eli Escobar, KiNK and Dj Chus and the Groove Foundation). Highlights are plentiful throughout, though it's hard to beat Louie Vega's 12-minute rework of Sylvester disco classic "Dance".