Review: Bam: 15 massive edits from Alpaca crew all in one hefty, hairy hit. How many can you spot? How many can you play in one set? How many more of these words are you going to read before you press play and hear for yourself? If you know Alpaca, you'll know the deal; deep digs and big faves all respectfully beefed and tweaked for your DJ pleasure. From the roxy foxy yearning of "This Is More" to the upbeat glory of "Don't Call Dr Nick" via "Labour Of Love", an edit so percussive and funky it'll have you crying out loud. That's barely scratching the surface... You're going to have a lot of fun with these this Christmas.
Review: The Alpaca Edits camp are back with Anything To Stay Up. Stevie Wonder's classic "Love's Light In Flight" (known here as "Acid Paradise") gets a re-rub and is almost as good as that great one by Soul Clap a few years ago. There's some Salsoul Orchestra sounding big band disco on "Sweet Sensation" And they're not wrong: That Needs An Edit! Chic's "Soup For One" gets a re-splice on "Mojo Soup"; now that definitely needed an edit!
Review: The clue's in the name here, as Masterworks Music serve up another set of 21st Century makeovers of dancefoor delights from days gone by. Diana Ross's 'My Old Piano' gets reinvented as a rather classy disco-houser on opener 'Tinkling The Ivories', while getting similar treatment elsewhere are Maze's 'Running Away', Invisible Man's Band's 'All Night Thing', Donna Summer's 'Spring Affair' and more. Long throughout on sweeping strings, handclaps, fat funk basslines and soulful vocals, the whole EP is a must for contemporary disco floors, especially as the source/track selection isn't over-obvious.
Review: The next digital EP from Masterworks Music comes from 'That Needs An Edit' lads Pete Le Freq and Jon Baker-Hood (Alpaca Edits) with five quality disco grooves. "Nites Of Disco" features a familiar hook that those in the know surely will notice. This is a clever edit of one properly funky and lo-slung groove. A slow and sensual deep disco joint follows, that is quite possibly an edit of a certain pop king on "Let Me Show You". Elsewhere "Grover's Magic" is indeed the title track and on this one they've borrowed from yet another all time classic: no guesses here! Finally "By Any Other Name" takes things into slo-mo territory on this much needed chill and late night number - for lovers to get sexy on the dancefloor! Their aforementioned Alpaca Edits is a seriously hot label at the moment, that has had some releases by top names such as Dr. Packer, Andy Buchan, RockNRolla Soundsystem and the charmingly titled C Da Afro.
Review: Some re-editors like to dig deep, others concentrate on reworking much-loved classics, and we're firmly in the latter camp here. 'What About My Love' draws heavily on the 1982 Jonnnie Taylor cut of the same name - better known to most in its 'Lola's Theme' guise - while 'I Know U' revisits Chaka's 'I Know You, I Live You', 'Turn Me On' loops up Robert Palmer's 'I Didn't Mean To Turn You On', and 'Never Can Say' transforms Thelma Houston's mega-hit into a louche, lounge-y groover. The exception to the rule is 'Something More Than Special', a midtempo soulful jam whose inspiration eludes us.
Review: That Needs An Edit is a new project from York-based disco enthusiasts Brunswick and Pete Le Freq. A whole load of stuff you know, reworked and rebuilt in their own style and appear for London-based Midnight Riot here, with their edit of a certain soul classics on "When You Gonna Call" and "Backyard" respectively, which are really uplifting. "The Way I Feel" is more on the disco tip while "Dub Me Good" takes the razor to Beats International's version of their 1991 hit/cover "Dub Be Good To Me" which ain't too bad either.
Review: Sometime Masterworks Music manipulators That Needs An Edit (an alias of Alpaca Edits mainstays Pete Le Freq and Jon Baker-Hood) have decided to have a "Multi-Track Freakout" and we've all been invited along to listen to the fun unfold. They begin with a stellar, surprisingly stripped back revision of Dan Hartman classic "Relight My Fire" that brilliantly showcases instrumental elements largely buried in the original (razor-sharp funk guitar riffs, bongo patterns etc) before introducing the track's superb vocals and orchestrations. The result is a killer, 12-minute peak-time beast. Handle with care! The EP's other outing is similarly epic, with the duo giving a Clavinet-heavy new twist to Michael Jackson classic "Get On The Floor". This, too, has the makings of a dancefloor anthem.
Review: This time last year, Stephen Richards popped up on Alpaca Edits with an expansive, 17-track album of full of sample-heavy blends of disco, deep house and Balearic boogie. Here, that album is given the remix treatment by a rather impressive collection of fast-rising re-editors. Highlights are plentiful, from the languid "Disco Beatdown" goodness of Fingerman's remix of "Fusion" and Get Down Edits super-smooth, soul-driven interpretation of "Cool B", to the mutant electrofunk/disco fusion of Evil Smarty's re-fix of original album highlight "Moto Garage". Lob in further fine remixes from Chuggin' Edits, A.O.D and Fabiolous Barker, and you've got a rather tasty package.
Review: York might not be the disco capital of the world, but the way the gang at Alpaca Edits carry on it might just as well be! They've been trotting out world class soul, disco and funk edits for a good while now, and here they deliver the second instalment of their compilation in aid of testicular cancer support. There are 15 quality scalpel jobs this time around, with highlights including the rumbling, evening poolside boogie of "I Need A Drink" by Hotmood, the punchy electro-disco of "Head Lights' by Stephen Richards and the white-hot 70s disco rock of "I'm A Man" Pontchartrain.
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: Here Z Records boss Joey Negro presents his own take on the everlasting 90s revival. Just like on all his other projects he's dug deeper to present gems the label say may have until now slipped under the garage doors (i.e. haven't yet been granted digital immortality). Highlights of these 26 rarities include Robert Owens' smooth n' sultry synth jam "Gotta Work", the bitchy disco of "Unique" by Danube Dance & Kim Cooper and the raw attitude of Mike Delgado's "The Murder Track". With this fine release, who needs a time machine?
Review: You're only five years old once, so why not celebrate in style? And here Warrington lad Danny Worrall's disco and re-edits label Masterworks Music do just that, with an anniversary collection packing a whopping 50 back catalogue nuggets. You'll excuse us the full track-by-track, then, but suffice to say that this is the label that helped launch the careers of Dr Packer and Natasha Kitty Katt, both of whom feature here, and with names like Ziggy Phunk, Rayko, Alkalino, Chuggin' Edits and Fabiolous Barker also on bill, you should already have a pretty good idea what to expect. Classy stuff all round, and a great VFM package - here's to five more years!