Review: Fresh from the release of his killer, jazz-funk flavoured Ambroisa album on Axis, Byron the Aquarius returns to Shall Not Fade with the second instalment in his ongoing What Up Doe? series. This time round he's in a more forthright, peak-time focused move, charging between the tough-but-drowsy deep house brilliance of 'She Want To Work It', the slowly building, acid-fired heaviness of 'I Can Feel That (Dub)', the kickdrum-heavy, sci-fi futurism of 'Apes Of Mars Part 2', the immersive, Larry Heard-goes-deep techno brilliance of 'Cosmic Raindance' and the sample-house dustiness of 'Can We Do It Again'
Review: Depending on your predilection, The Brown Brothers are either an elusive duo of siblings from Brooklyn with a deep love of disco and a craft for edits which has surfaced on the now defunct Jiscomusic imprint or a neat excuse for Million Dollar Disco boss Al Kent to drop some rare disco heat without fear of legal action. Regardless, this second volume of Brown Brothers Secret Disco Sessions is just as essential as the first edition which MDD dropped earlier this year. Plenty of vintage and very obscure underground disco sounds from the height of 70s NYC discotheques here, all neatly edited for ease of mixing and maximum dancefloor potential. The low slung boogie of "Feel It Baby" and the recognisable organ funk of "Got Gear" particularly impress.