Review: If we're counting correctly, this is the eighth album in the 'Too Slow To Disco' series overall, and the second 'Ladies Of...' volume, so you should have some idea what to expect by now! But for anyone who hasn't been introduced, slo-mo nuggets that are roughly contemporaneous with the disco era are the series' stock-in-trade, and they've unearthed some truly splendid nuggets here. See for instance 'Love The Way You Love Me', a surprisingly sensual groove from light entertainment stalwart Marti Caine that's absolutely dripping in funk - you'd swear that bassline was Imagination, for starters. There are one or two slightly over-schmaltzy moments but generally speaking these are late-night smoochers n' swayers of the highest order... soft focus, white wine and roses optional.
Review: Those who've been paying close attention will know that Alex 'Omar' Smith has been mixing things up musically of late, veering away from the deep Detroit house he's famed for in order to explore a wider range of influences. New album "You Want" doesn't exactly reverse this trend, but it is far more rooted in his particular brand of seductive, off-kilter deepness and techno-tinged hypnotism than recent singles. That's undeniably a good thing, because nobody does crunchy, machine-driven club jams better than the Motor City producer. There are nods towards Italian style piano house, disco, broken beat, jazz-funk, Masters at Work and - more surprisingly - industrial techno (see the filthy closing cut) - but the resultant cuts don't sound like anything other than tried-and-tested Omar-S club jams.
Review: Northern scene legend Adam Wigglesworth sadly passed away on April 3. This is how his friends responded... By compiling one of the biggest tribute albums drum & bass has ever seen. Just look at the amount of talent on here: Pyxis, Euphonique, Nvrsoft, No Concept, Exile, Euphonique, Dawn Raid and so many more artists have contribute to this 45 track album of which all proceeds go to Adam's family. From the blazing bass riff of Sappo's late 90s style neck snapper "Hannibal" to Exile's turbine bass growler "Symbiosis" via Sl8r's jazzy, almost Detroit style vibes on "The Mill" and various bits from Wiggo himself, this is a heartfelt salute from the entire scene to a man who'll be sorely missed.
Review: As the story goes, Stones Throw founder Peanut Butter Wolf came across Right On Time, the 1984 album from San Francisco's underground funk boss Prophet, in the Bay Area's Groove Merchant sometime in the 2000s. Some 15 years later, today, Stone Throw break over three decades of silence from the artist with a return LP titled Don't Forget It. Funk, disco, and live boogie arrangements are thrown into a deep, heavy and sometimes industrial mix of R&B, pop and poetic vocals, pulsating dub and trip hop rhythms where slowly swung grooves and rhode-rich tones and experimental blasts of electronics glitch.