Easy Love - (6:53) 117 BPM
   
Too Blind To See - (6:14) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Fire Goes On - (7:08) 120 BPM
Review: We can confirm that the latest EP from San Diego's Never Dull is definitely not dull. In fact, the three re-edits on show on this Midnight Riot label debut are genuinely rather fun. The San Diego artist hits the ground running on EP opener "Easy Love", delivering a fine rearrangement of a glassy-eyed early '80s jam full of dewy-eyed male and female vocals, squelchy synth bass and classic disco style orchestration. "Too Blind To See" is a gently housed-up take on a smooth '80s soul classic, while "The Fire Goes On" is a confident strut through disco funk territory laden with punchy horn blasts, ear catching bass guitar and chiming lead lines.
MIDRIOTD 210
14 Oct 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Hit The Road (Mannix 12 Inch Disco vocal mix) - (6:27) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hit The Road (Yam Who? extended Club remix) - (6:49) 118 BPM
   
Hit The Road - (3:45) 117 BPM
   
Hit The Road (Mannix 7 Inch Disco vocal mix) - (4:16) 117 BPM
   
Hit The Road (Andy Baker remix) - (4:16) 122 BPM
   
Hit The Road (Yam Who? instrumental remix) - (6:49) 118 BPM
   
Hit The Road (Mannix 12 Inch Disco instrumental) - (6:25) 117 BPM
Review: UK outfit Bad Bambino describe themselves as "a techno funk band bringing you groovilicious tunes with a beat that is guaranteed to get you bopping!" On the evidence of this, their first official release, they certainly have an ear for a catchy pop tune - who knows, the lightweight, frothy original could even have mainstream Top 40 potential. But for more serious spinners it's the remixes that'll be of more interest, with Mannix the pick for commercial floors, Andy Baker treading a more sophisticated, understated path and Yam Who? turning in Vocal and Instrumental rubs that sit right on the soulful house/nu-disco cusp.
MIDRIOTD 211
25 Oct 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Hi NRG (In Flagranti remix) - (5:53) 126 BPM
   
Hi NRG - (6:03) 126 BPM
   
Hi NRG (Yam Who? remix) - (5:35) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: The brilliantly named Record Playerz, whose true identity is shrouded in secret, come(s) to the achingly hip Midnight Riot. In its original form, 'Hi NRG' pays tribute to the short-lived early 80s sub-genre of the same name: the BPMs might have dropped but the stuttering drum machine beats, analogue synths and vocodered vox are all present and correct. The In Flagranti Remix tones down some of the 80s excess and adds some lively percussion, but the standout here by far is the remix from Yam Who?, which could take the track to more straight-up house/disco floors.
MIDRIOTD 204
26 Aug 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Into Your Life (Gospeldelic mix) - (6:23) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Into Your Life (Danny Kane remix) - (5:49) 125 BPM
Played by: Chuggin Edits
Review: This two-tracker from Midnight Riot has all the makings of a future disco-house anthem. It comes courtesy of label regular Natasha Kitty Katt, imprint big cheese Yam Who and vocalist Jacqui George. In its EP-opening "Gospeldelic Mix" form, "Into Your Life" is a rushing fusion of rolling house grooves, spacey synth solos, jangling gospel house pianos and a stunning lead vocal from George that should get the hairs on the back of your next leaping heavenwards. Danny Kane handles remix duties, offering a slicker and smoother interpretation that sits somewhere between nu-disco (check the squidgy new synth parts), soulful house and bouncy disco-house. Like the version that preceded it, Kane's mix is a genuine winter warmer.
MIDRIOTD 212
11 Nov 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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It's Hot - (5:40) 122 BPM
   
Holdin On - (6:10) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Ruff Diamond
MIDRIOTD 213
18 Nov 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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That Feelin' (feat Chas Bronz) - (4:31) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
You Are My Love - (4:59) 125 BPM
   
Let It Go (feat Chas Bronz) - (6:19) 119 BPM
   
I'm The One - (5:01) 118 BPM
   
Train To Love - (6:12) 117 BPM
Review: Now based in Boston, Massachussetts, British producer Ben Adams AKA GMGN (the name stands for 'good morning, good night') serves up five solid tracks for Midnight Riot, most of which have something of a late 90s/early 00s filter disco feel. 'That Feelin'' centres around a fluttering six-string riff, 'You Are My Love' foregrounds a female vocal sample, 'Let It Go' is a deeper, funkier groove, 'I'm The One' loops up AOR-ish samples in a Balearic kinda way and then finally 'Train To Love' is a slower, chuggier cut that brings the EP to a hazy, looping close.
MIDRIOTD 209
30 Sep 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Work It Out - (5:20) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Party Time - (5:43) 114 BPM
Review: Spain's J&M Brothers co-own the Good Stuff Recordings label, but here they come to London's uber-hip Midnight Riot, bringing two fine slices of contemporary, sample-based funk action with 'em. 'Work It Out' centres around fluttering funk guitars and a "we can work it out" vocal sample, while brass fanfares buried discreetly in the mix keep the funk factor high without it being too obvious or cheesy. The accompanying 'Party Time' revisits a "get up... it's party time!" vocal sample that'll be familiar to lovers of classic NYC garage, pairing it with a jaunty looped, Wild Cherry-ish six-string lick.
MIDRIOTD 207
16 Sep 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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For Love - (5:08) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Feel Good - (4:40) 124 BPM
   
For Love (dub mix) - (5:08) 118 BPM
   
Feel Good (dub mix) - (4:42) 124 BPM
Played by: YAM WHO?, BRENDON P
Review: Two sumptuous originals and two matching dubs courtesy of rising French producer Tommy Glasses make up this latest from the ever-checkable Midnight Riot. 'Feel Good' itself sits somewhere between nu disco and soulful house with its plainitive, R&B-style female vocal and incessantly fluttering disco guitar, while 'For Love' sits a little more firmly under the disco banner and sports a similar female vocal, as well as some very 80s-sounding sax doodles. Both are well crafted and plenty playable, with the dubs offering a useful alternative for DJs for whom the vocal is a little too Hed Kandi-esque for comfort!
MIDRIOTD 208
23 Sep 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Better Love (Babert remix) - (5:33) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Better Love (Club remix) - (7:30) 120 BPM
   
Better Love (Cuz Electric remix) - (6:42) 112 BPM
   
Better Love (radio edit) - (2:56) 120 BPM
   
Better Love - (3:23) 90 BPM
Review: Known to his mum as Larry Holcombe, Get To Know's Facebook page describes his musical influences as '80s boogie, disco, indie and house", and it's fair to say that you can hear all of the above in his latest offering. 'Better Love' is supplied in four mixes: the Radio Edit has naturally been shaped to emphasise the track's poppier elements, the Club Mix will suit more commercial floors, the Babert Remix takes things a little more underground with a throbbing 80s bassline while the standout rub comes from Cuz Electric, who drop the tempo and concentrate even more on the bottom end.
MIDRIOTD 206A
05 Sep 19
Funky/Club House
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Various
   
Arthur Baker - "Reachin'" (feat Minnie Gardner - Hifi Sean & Yam Who? edit) - (7:14) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Alton Edwards - "I Just Wanna (Spend Some Time With You)" (Michael Gray remix) - (8:37) 122 BPM
   
Benjamin Ferreira - "Aerosol" - (5:57) 125 BPM
   
Motte - "Freakin' Baby" - (6:34) 120 BPM
   
Luciano Gioia - "Raw Flute" (Mannix Balearic Disco Vibe) - (6:43) 122 BPM
   
Psychotropic - "Hypnosis" (Yam Who? & Jaegerossa remix) - (6:55) 122 BPM
   
Massey/Paulette - "Sheroes" (Hifi Sean dub) - (6:08) 122 BPM
   
Michael Gray - "24 7 People" (Yam Who? remix) - (6:18) 124 BPM
   
Ladies On Mars - "Action" - (6:08) 120 BPM
   
Jack Tyson Charles - "Glory" (Bonar Bradberry On The Line mix) - (6:04) 115 BPM
   
Birdee - "Song For Francesca" - (5:32) 117 BPM
   
Babert/Pink Flamingo Rhythm Revue - "Good Lyfe" (Alan Dixon extended remix) - (6:19) 126 BPM
   
Lenny Fontana/Shirley Lites - "Fire" (Ron Carroll's Disko Vibe) - (5:58) 125 BPM
   
Natasha Kitty Katt - "Days Of My Life" - (5:30) 125 BPM
   
Antton - "Do You Like Space" - (7:29) 120 BPM
   
PerDu - "Cece" - (6:31) 124 BPM
   
Get To Know - "Sonur" (Yam Who? remix) - (7:13) 122 BPM
   
Dave Baron/Latouche Finale - "Keeps Getting Better" (Yam Who? remix) - (5:33) 121 BPM
Played by: Robot 84
Review: Midnight Riot serve up 18 tracks that encapsulate the house sound of Ibiza in 2019, with elements of tech-house and (nu) disco and a sprinkling of good old-fashioned vocal podium belters. Arther Baker's opening 'Reachin' (as remixed by Hi-Fi Sean and Yam Who?) is one example of the latter, while techier, struttier pleasures can be found on Benjamin Ferreira's ludicrously funky bass workout 'Aerosol'. Manc veterans DJ Paulette and Chris Massey join forces on another funk-fuelled rumbler, 'Sheroes', while deeper, more soulful vibes await on Jack Tyson Charles's 'Glory'. And if you like the sound of those there are 14 more very playable nuggets from the likes of Birdee, Lenny Fontana and Natasha Kitty Kat to choose from!
MIDRIOTIBIZAV 1
16 Aug 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Night's Over (Yam Who? extended remix) - (7:57) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Night's Over (Redux Inc Da Club mix) - (8:10) 117 BPM
   
Night's Over (Redux Inc radio mix) - (3:45) 117 BPM
   
Night's Over (Yam Who? radio mix) - (4:20) 118 BPM
Review: Earlier in the year, rising star Raquel Rodriguez made her first appearance on Z Records via some suitably superb Joey Negro remixes of "We Go Together". Here another highlight of her 2018 album "The 310 Part 2" gets the remix treatment. Midnight Riot boss Yam Who steps up first with a typically loose and groovy revision that places Rodriguez's sweet vocal atop rolling mid-tempo drums, rubbery jazz-funk bass, sweet disco orchestration and some quality, Chic style guitar licks. Redux Inc offers up a similarly warm, jazzy and funky interpretation that feels slightly deeper and even more soulful whilst utilizing many of the same disco-centric musical elements. Should radio-friendly versions be your thing, Midnight Riot has provided edited versions of both reworks.
MIDRIOTD 203
19 Aug 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Leave Me Lonely (Yam Who? remix) - (6:37) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Leave Me Lonely (Leeroy Daevis remix) - (5:36) 122 BPM
   
Leave Me Lonely (Grisha Gerrus remix) - (6:33) 120 BPM
   
Leave Me Lonely (Leeroy Daevis radio edit) - (3:26) 122 BPM
   
Leave Me Lonely - (3:58) 122 BPM
MIDRIOTD 205
02 Sep 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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24 7 People (Yam Who? extended remix) - (6:18) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
24 7 People (Ladies On Mars remix) - (6:46) 124 BPM
   
24 7 People (Mindbuster remix) - (5:00) 123 BPM
   
24 7 People (Andrew Emil Dreamix) - (7:17) 125 BPM
   
24 7 People (Mindbuster radio mix) - (4:08) 123 BPM
   
24 7 People (Andrew Emil Dreamstrumental) - (7:17) 125 BPM
MIDRIOTD 202
12 Aug 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Freakin' Baby - (6:34) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Love Affair - (5:32) 114 BPM
Review: This latest from the uber-hip Midnight Riot stable packs a brace of what appear to be reworked funk/soul nuggets of old, though as the sources are unknown we'll treat 'em as fresh! 'Freakin' Baby' is a looping, midtempo disco-houser that sports two competing vocals - one spoken, female and in a French accent, the other male, American and sung -and some fine sax work, while 'Love Affair' takes big chunks of sampled soul vocal (or rather, several different sampled soul vocals) and marries them to a ponderous, dubby bassline and filtered funk geetar to create a classy lil' sundown groover.
MIDRIOTD 201
29 Jul 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Gambling In Vegas - (5:09) 114 BPM
   
Knock Out Groove - (6:36) 120 BPM
   
True To The Cause - (5:41) 121 BPM
   
Disco Tonic - (6:47) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Greek producer C Da Afro steps up to the plate with four more re-edits here. The source of the first two is a mystery, but 'Gambling In Vegas' itself has clearly been drawn from the loungier end of the 70s disco spectrum while 'Knock Out Groove' moves a little forward in time to the boogie era of the early 80s. 'True To The Cause' reworks Cheryl Lynn's 'If You'll Be True To Me' from 1981 and is packed with hand-clappin', finger-poppin' disco energy, while Leon Hayward's 1983 Casablanca single 'I'm Out To Catch' provides the basis for EP closer 'Disco Tonic'.
MIDRIOTD 200
29 Jul 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Various
   
The Soup Dragons - "I'm Free" (Hifi Sean Sunset dub) - (8:44) 103 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dim Zach - "So Seduced" - (5:06) 86 BPM
   
Blair French - "La Playa De Terciopelo" (feat Stephanie Leon) - (3:53) 115 BPM
   
Boarding Gate - "PA© N'areia" - (6:32) 58 BPM
   
Unknown Faces - "Space Pioneers" (Robot 84 Re Adjustment) - (4:11) 90 BPM
   
RobJamWeb - "The Captain" - (8:38) 100 BPM
   
HP Edits - "Night Spress" (Yam Who? mix) - (8:04) 100 BPM
   
Afterlife - "Give It Up" (FSQ remix) - (5:32) 60 BPM
   
Sam Pills - "Feel You" - (6:43) 116 BPM
   
Alan Dixon - "Endless Nameless" - (4:03) 103 BPM
   
Joe Felix - "The Green Light" (feat Sol Goodman - Part 2) - (4:04) 53 BPM
   
Rayko - "2 Repo Brothers" - (6:50) 55 BPM
   
Ziggy Phunk - "Serious Soulmates" - (6:32) 115 BPM
   
Stu Laurie - "Trip Through Jupiter" - (7:55) 59 BPM
   
Zanderkatzenberg - "Alone With Me" (feat Justine Eltakchi) - (6:54) 110 BPM
   
Danny Kane - "Floatation" - (5:22) 85 BPM
   
I-Gemin - "Burnin" - (4:24) 58 BPM
   
Frank Virgilio - "City Nite" - (7:08) 97 BPM
   
Chewy Rubs - "Spacebox Babe" - (8:54) 106 BPM
   
U Belong - "Daytona" - (5:54) 106 BPM
   
Faint Waves - "Paradise Lost" (Dream Chimney dub) - (6:29) 95 BPM
   
Dayton - "U Belong" - (5:47) 100 BPM
MIDRIOTDBALVOL 4
19 Jul 19
Balearic/Downtempo
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Express Your Needs - (6:38) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Where Is The Love - (5:38) 119 BPM
   
Be With Me - (6:46) 116 BPM
Review: Belgian producer Le Babar has spent the last decade dividing his time between making loopy disco-house, tooled up scalpel edits and top notch underground house music. "Express Your Needs" marks his first appearance on the mighty Midnight Riot and is naturally packed to the rafters with bouncy peak-time treats. He naturally brings the funk on rubbery, housed-up disco revision "Express Your Needs" - all crunchy Clavinet lines, elastic beats, fizzing slap bass and sweet chorus vocals - before applying the same rework principles to a colourful '80s soul gem on "Where Is The Love". If that kind of hard-wired, synth-heavy action is your thing - think vintage Jam & Lewis productions with added oomph and a few carefully placed filter sweeps - then closing cut "Be With Me" should be right up your alley.
MIDRIOTD 199
15 Jul 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Action - (6:08) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Move For Love - (7:36) 120 BPM
   
Need My Lovin' - (6:48) 120 BPM
MIDRIOTD 198
15 Jul 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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MIDRIOTD 197
05 Jul 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Various
   
Michael Gray - "24 7 People" - (7:00) 124 BPM
   
Lenny Fontana & Shirley Lites - "Fire" (DR. Packer remix) - (8:21) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Nick Reach Up - "Dreaming" (feat Jazz Morley - Qwestlife remix) - (7:37) 118 BPM
   
Natasha Kitty Katt & Danny Kane - "Wear It" (feat Sophie Paul) - (5:23) 120 BPM
   
FSQ - "I Zimbra" (feat Dolette McDonald - Alan Dixon remix) - (6:55) 123 BPM
   
Los Charly's Orchestra - "Fire" (feat Omar - Yam Who? remix) - (8:59) 121 BPM
   
Ladies On Mars - "Boogie On Time" - (8:20) 120 BPM
   
Modento - "Sunshine" (Vertigini remix) - (7:00) 121 BPM
   
Bernadette Trax - "Setting Sun" (feat Anna Glahn - Yam Who? & Jaegerossa remix) - (7:06) 124 BPM
   
Twism - "What I'd Do" - (7:00) 120 BPM
   
Motte - "Darkroom Boogie" - (6:18) 118 BPM
   
Otto - "Made Them Cry" (FR rework) - (7:18) 105 BPM
   
Tommy Glasses - "Addicted To You" - (5:54) 120 BPM
   
HP Vince & Dave Leatherman - "Get Me Up" - (5:41) 114 BPM
   
Doctorsoul - "I Like The Way You Move" - (8:29) 124 BPM
   
C Da Afro - "Disco Winds" - (6:12) 120 BPM
   
Yam Who? & Jaegerossa - "This Man's In Love With You" (feat Jennifer Wallace) - (6:21) 122 BPM
   
Freiboitar - "I Want Your Body" - (6:18) 120 BPM
   
Shalvoy - "Get Down" - (6:27) 116 BPM
   
Rees - "Chance" - (5:51) 121 BPM
   
Groove Assasin - "Sweet Sensation" - (6:47) 124 BPM
   
Get To Know - "The Big Throwdown" (Babert remix) - (6:16) 123 BPM
   
Soundersons - "Sopa De Tomate" (Sopa De Tomate - Yam Who? remix) - (7:14) 120 BPM
   
Ziggy Phunk - "I'm Ready" - (5:39) 120 BPM
Review: Midnight Riot's compilations are not only uniformly action-packed, but also offer great value for money. The latest edition in the imprint's ongoing "Disco Made Me Do It" series offers up no less than 25 tried-and-tested cuts to pep up your DJ sets. In keeping with the label's party-starting ethos, there's a good mix of disco-fired house cuts (see Michael Gray's "24/7 People"), revivalist disco-boogie (Qwestlife's remix of Nick Reach Up's "Dreaming"), filter-sporting boogie-house (Ladies On Mars), top-notch disco re-edits (Twism's "What I Know"), Tiger & Woods style loop jams (Motte's "Darkroom Boogie") and party-staring 21st century disco-funk ("Chance" by Rees).
MIDRIOTDMMDIVOL 2
24 Jun 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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University Avenue - (5:56) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Dalriada Network - (5:54) 118 BPM
   
University Avenue (radio edit) - (3:28) 120 BPM
Played by: YAM WHO?
MIDRIOTD 196
01 Jul 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Fire (Yam Who? & Jaegerossa vocal remix) - (7:21) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Fire (Ron Carroll's Disko Vibe) - (5:58) 125 BPM
   
Fire (Redux Inc Da Club mix) - (6:12) 120 BPM
   
Fire (SanFranDisko Re-Touch) - (6:19) 124 BPM
   
Fire (Redux Inc Da Intro mix) - (6:16) 120 BPM
   
Fire (Yam Who? & Jaegerossa radio edit) - (4:00) 125 BPM
MIDRIOTD 194
17 Jun 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Keeps Gettin' Better (Yam Who? remix) - (5:33) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Keeps Gettin' Better (vocal mix) - (4:32) 123 BPM
   
Keeps Gettin' Better (Ladies On Mars remix) - (7:24) 123 BPM
Review: Self-styled singer, songwriter and arranger Dave Baron first joined forces on last year's "Heart" (Mariana Records), a sweet fusion of beach-ready house grooves and seductive disco instrumentation. "Keeps Gettin' Better", the pair's first outing on Midnight Riot, is similarly inclined. Their "Vocal Version" is warm, rich and groovy, with Baron's smooth and soulful vocals rising above toasty bass guitar, sun-ripened electric piano chords, jazzy guitar solos and unfussy disco drums. Midnight Riot boss provides the most revolutionary remix, smartly emphasizing the pair's original instrumentation while also adding a fine synthesizer-based boogie bassline of his own. The Ladies on Mars remix, meanwhile, is my forthright and funky in a disco-house style.
MIDRIOTD 195
17 Jun 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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I Just Wanna (Michael Gray remix) - (8:37) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
I Just Wanna (Michael Gray dub) - (6:15) 122 BPM
   
I Just Wanna (vocal mix) - (7:46) 120 BPM
   
I Just Wanna (instrumental mix) - (6:57) 120 BPM
Review: Originally released in 1981 on Streetwave and CBS, Alton Edwards' debut single "I Just Wanna (Spend Some Time With You)" is a boogie-era electrofunk classic blessed with Latin style horn stabs, super-sweet vocals and the heaviest, most squelchy synth bassline known to mankind (or womankind for that matter). Here it gets the reissue treatment with Streetsounds' founder Morgan Khan's fine original vocal and instrumental mixes (tracks three and four) being joined by two new rubs by veteran British house producer Michael Gray. He wisely retains Edwards' killer bassline, baggy electric piano chords and razor-sharp horns, underpinning them with bustling peak-time house drums on all-action "Remix" and "Dub" variations.
MIDRIOTD 193
10 Jun 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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I Like The Way You Move - (8:29) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Star Searching - (6:21) 120 BPM
   
Wrap Me Up - (8:21) 120 BPM
MIDRIOTD 191
27 May 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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An Affair - (6:49) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
My Obsession - (7:04) 107 BPM
Review: Fresh from a fine EP on Hot Digits and a killer contribution to Editorial's compilation style "Margarita Magic" EP, Frank Virgilio returns to Midnight Riot for the first time since December 2018's excellent "Exstasy". The self proclaimed "visionary remixer" kicks this off with "An Affair", a radical house style revision of a familiar disco favourite rich in jammed-out electric piano riffs, fuzz-tone guitar riffs, psychedelic organ solos and the kind of drifting female vocal samples that will get stuck in the heads of seriously inebriated dancers. In contrast, "My Obsession" is built around a metronomic, lower tempo groove, with Virgilio making the most of his source material's swirling disco strings, fluid piano motifs, vintage synthesizer lines and razor-sharp funk guitars.
MIDRIOTD 192
27 May 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Holding On - (5:52) 122 BPM
   
Holding On (Pete Le Freq Refreq) - (7:25) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Holding On (dub mix) - (5:52) 122 BPM
   
Holding On (radio edit) - (3:34) 122 BPM
Review: This latest offering from Yam Who's prolific Midnight Riot stable and Berlin producer Jack Tennis comes with four mixes to choose from. In its Original form, 'Holding On' sits right on the disco/house cusp and sports both a soulful male vocal and some fine squelching acid. Pete Le Freq's remix brings the fat bassline and some excellent jazz-funk guitar picking to the fore, while fairly self-explanatory Dub and Radio Edit rubs complete the package. Reminiscent, albeit only in the vaguest way possible, of Peyton's 'Higher Place' from yesteryear, don't be surprised if 'Holding On' achieves Ibiza anthem status this summer.
MIDRIOTD 190
20 May 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Addicted To You - (5:54) 120 BPM
   
Get You Out Of My Head - (5:34) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: C. Da Afro
Review: French producer Tommy Glasses returns to Yam Who?'s Midnight Riot with two sumptuous slices of contemporary (rather than nu) disco here. Up first is 'Addicted To You', whose simple drum machine beats, phat funk bassline and shimmering, 80s-sounding synths pay homage to the boogie/electrofunk era, a feeling that's heightened by the slightly over-wrought stylings of the uncredited female vocalist. The accompanying 'Get You Out Of My Head', meanwhile, is a mellower cut that leans further towards soulful house. Oh, and that has absolutely nothing to do with Kylie Minoque!
MIDRIOTD 188
13 May 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Good Lyfe (Alan Dixon extended remix) - (6:19) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Good Lyfe (Alan Dixon remix) - (3:54) 126 BPM
MIDRIOTD 189
10 May 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Boogie Movements - (6:45) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Serious Soulmates - (6:32) 115 BPM
   
I'm Ready - (5:39) 120 BPM
Review: With Copenhagen disco don Ziggy Phunk a respected producer in his own right as well as a re-edit maestro and renowned digger, it's not entirely clear if these are re-edits or original productions, but what's not in doubt is the quality on offer. 'Boogie Movements' itself is a driving, uptempo disco cut with a late 70s Euro feel and something oddly 'Disco Inferno'-ish about the bassline, 'Serious Soulmates' is a smoochier, boogie-flavoured ride with male "Aaa-aaw baby' and chorus'd female "Baby take me serious" lines by way of a vocal, while 'I'm Ready' centres around a phat-ass funk bassline and some very fine strings. Classy stuff all round.
MIDRIOTD 187
06 May 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Good Lyfe (Severino Main remix) - (6:17) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Good Lyfe (Severino edit mix) - (3:59) 124 BPM
   
Good Lyfe (Severino instrumental) - (6:17) 124 BPM
Played by: YAM WHO?
MIDRIOTD 186
03 May 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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You Give Me Pleasure - (7:05) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Love Motion - (5:56) 131 BPM
   
You Give Me Pleasure (radio mix) - (3:35) 119 BPM
Review: Perhaps best known as the founding (and since 2008 only) member of Classic faves Greenskeepers, James Curd knows a thing or two about crafting a quality house groove after 20 years in the game, and this latest EP for Yam Who?'s Midnight Riot label is no exception! The bouncy 'You Give Me Pleasure' opens the EP with crisp beats, a lolloping b-line, spoken male vox with a female chorus and a touch of acid. 'Love Motion' itself follows, a heads-down, 131bpm roller with a sparkling two-note piano riff and head-fried synths galore, before a Radio Edit of 'You Give Me Pleasure' completes the package.
MIDRIOTD 185
29 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Glory (Danny Kane mix) - (3:54) 107 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Glory (Bonar Bradberry remix) - (6:04) 115 BPM
   
Glory (Luke Solomon vocal remix) - (6:09) 123 BPM
   
Glory (Luke Solomon dub) - (5:14) 123 BPM
Review: Previously known for crafting soothing R&B and effortlessly soulful modern soul, Jack Tyson Charles made his bow on Midnight Riot last summer with the Danny Kane-produced "Best Friend". The two have teamed up again on "Glory", a slick, Rhodes-laden chunk of modern boogie that wraps Charles' superb vocal around mazy synth solos, plucked strings, dreamy chords and sharp, Chic-style guitars. Classic co-founder Luke Solomon delivers two tidy reworks, complimenting a bustling, string-laden house "Remix" with a bouncy, glassy-eyed Dub rich in sweeping strings and heady syntn stabs. Arguably best of all, though, is Bonar Bradberry's stripped backm proto-house style rework, which reminded us a little of Imagination's "Music and Lights".
MIDRIOTD 184
22 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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What I'd Do - (7:00) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
What I'd Do (radio mix) - (3:44) 120 BPM
Review: Having impressed heads via an impressive array of re-edits and original productions on his own Disco Legends and Soulful Legends imprints, house and nu-disco producer Twism pops up on Midnight Riot for the very first time. "What I'd Do", which is available in full-length and radio edit variations, is an enjoyable, on-point revision of a soaring, late '70s style disco bumper rich in strong choruses, prominent "walking" bass, punchy horn refrains, rising orchestration and clipped, Chic style guitar motifs. Oh, and some suitably tasty synthesizer solos. Twism has beefed up the groove underpinning the original track a bit, but his additional production is subtle enough to sit naturally and not sound forced. As a result, "What I'd Do" is one of the stronger re-edits we've heard this month.
MIDRIOTD 183
15 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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24 7 People (Club vocal mix) - (7:00) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
24 7 People - (7:00) 124 BPM
   
24 7 People (radio mix) - (3:16) 124 BPM
   
24 7 People (acapella) - (0:52) 70 BPM
Review: "If you want a job done properly, do it yourself," they say, but if the job's making disco-house we'd suggest leaving it to Michael Gray instead: he helped define the sound back in the Hustler's Convention days, and 20+ years of experience since have paid off! There's nothing especially new going on here, and Original, Club Vocal, Acapella and Radio mixes don't really take a great deal of explaining - it's just that '24 7 People' (a summer anthem in waiting with a one-line "24/7 party people" vocal) is the Brazil national squad, whereas a thousand sample-pack imitators are merely your local non-League side.
MIDRIOTD 182
08 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Good Lyfe (extended mix) - (5:54) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Good Lyfe (radio mix) - (3:44) 124 BPM
MIDRIOTD 181
05 Apr 19
Funky/Club House
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This Man's In Love With You (Yam Who? & Jaegerossa remix) - (6:21) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
This Man's In Love With You (West Loop Chicago Boogie mix) - (5:20) 118 BPM
   
This Man's In Love With You (West Loop Chicago Retro mix) - (4:36) 116 BPM
Review: This latest collaboration between Yam Who? and Jaegerossa comes in three mixes, and between them should find its way onto a range of floors. The lead Yam Who? & Jaegerossa Remix is the one for the soulful/disco house floors, with a top-drawer vocal from Ms Wallace, lavish strings and a Joey Negro-esque exuberance. The Boogie Remix, unsurprisingly, takes us into boogie territory and sports a fat, squidgy bottom end to match, but perhaps more impressive is the Retro Soul Mix, an altogether more organic-sounding pass that could easily hold its own alongside the likes of the Dap Kings et al.
MIDRIOTD 180
01 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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I Zimbra (Soul Clap remix) - (6:33) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
I Zimbra (Alan Dixon remix) - (6:52) 123 BPM
   
I Zimbra - (3:26) 115 BPM
MIDRIOTD 178
18 Mar 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Feel Like Dancing - (5:37) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Disco Winds - (6:12) 120 BPM
   
Heaven - (5:15) 124 BPM
   
Tonight - (6:49) 115 BPM
Review: While Christos Antoniou AKA C Da Afro releases rather a lot of tidy re-edits, he often saves his best work for Midnight Riot. Or at least that's how it seems to us. Certainly, there's much to enjoy on the Greek producer's latest outing on Yam Who's label. Highlights include "Feel Like Dancing" - a rolling, pumped-up revision of a 1986 94 East private press jam to which Antoniou has added a thickset synth bassline - and the soaring orchestration and thumping disco-house grooves of "Heaven". Slick P-funk revision "Tonight" - all bubby synths, kaleidoscopic solos and Roger Troutman style talkbox vocals - is also worth a listen.
MIDRIOTD 179
18 Mar 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Setting Sun (Yam Who? & Jaegerossa remix) - (7:06) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Setting Sun - (6:32) 120 BPM
   
Mello - (5:34) 110 BPM
Played by: YAM WHO?, Javi Frias
Review: Okay, hold tight because this one's a bit confusing! Bernadette Trax is a new alias for UK deep house stalwart Michael Lovatt, and is also the name of his new Berlin-based label - but the digital release of this, the label's debut offering, is being taken care of by Midnight Riot. Got that? Then all you need to know is that 'Setting Sun' in its Original form is a slice of wistful, midtempo Balearica with an excellent jazz-inflected vocal from Ms Glahn, while the remix from Yam Who? & Jaegerossa gives the track a summery disco dancefloor makeover. Completing the EP is 'Mello', a druggy, hypnotic slo-mo affair.
MIDRIOTD 177
11 Mar 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Dr Packer - "Power" - (6:04) 118 BPM
   
Stephen King - "It's So Easy" - (6:21) 122 BPM
   
Girls Of The Internet - "Fondness Makes The Heart Grow Absent" - (4:23) 125 BPM
   
Redsoul - "Born Again" - (6:43) 125 BPM
   
Booman - "God's Got It" (DJ Spen remix) - (5:59) 125 BPM
   
The Showfa - "Joy" - (8:42) 125 BPM
   
Yam Who? - "Tomorrow" - (4:46) 129 BPM
   
Divine Situation - "Music In The Air" - (5:14) 134 BPM
   
Praise Breaks - "Faith" - (8:13) 135 BPM
   
Alan Dixon - "Bless Me Today" - (7:03) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Andre Espeut - "Call Me" (Yam Who? mix) - (7:30) 119 BPM
   
Chewy Rubs - "The Best" - (6:11) 124 BPM
   
DJ Oji & Una - "We Life Our Hands At The Santuary" (Friday Night live mix) - (11:28) 126 BPM
   
Lux Experience - "Our Lords Victory" - (5:56) 120 BPM
   
Pretty Eyes Jackson - "U Got The Power" - (9:23) 118 BPM
   
Benjamin Ferreira - "No One Could" - (5:42) 120 BPM
   
HP Edits - "My Saviour Lives" - (5:58) 122 BPM
   
Laroye - "Made Up My Mind" - (7:55) 110 BPM
   
Dominic Dawson - "God's House" (remix) - (7:40) 123 BPM
   
Sweet Jubilees - "So Strong" - (4:55) 105 BPM
   
Yam Who? & Jaegerossa - "Higher" - (4:35) 96 BPM
   
Jack Tennis - "Do You Hear Me Out There" - (5:49) 112 BPM
   
Phil Jaimes - "Eternal Life" - (5:42) 113 BPM
Review: Midnight Riot's first celebration of gospel-fired disco and boogie, "Take It To Church", was rather special, so hopes are naturally high for this follow-up. Happily, we can confirm that Yam Who and company have once again nailed the brief. As with its predecessor, the 23-track set offers up a scintillating, soulful mixture of bumpin' gospel house (see Redsoul's superb "Born Again" and DJ Spen's bass-heavy tweak of Boorman's "God's Got It"), righteous disco-house (the Showfa, Alan Dixon, the piano-heavy stomp of Yam Who's "Tomorrow"), synth-laden gospel boogie (Dr Packer, Yam Who's tidy revision of Andre Esput's "Call Me"), breezy sing-alongs (Lux Experience) and plenty of dusty disco, electrofunk soul rearrangements (Divine Situation, Sweet Jubilees, Phil Jaimes). In other words, it's another essential collection.
MIDRIOTCHURCH 2
04 Mar 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Give Me The Sunshine (Qwestlife remix) - (7:46) 121 BPM
   
Give Me The Sunshine - (7:40) 121 BPM
   
Give Me The Sunshine (Vertigini remix) - (7:00) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
MIDRIOTD 175
18 Feb 19
Funky/Club House
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All Night - (6:09) 117 BPM
   
Juicy Laugh - (5:02) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Djeko and K'You may be French, but they operate out of Mexico - a fact that partly explains the humid and colourful feel of their first single for Midnight Riot. They hit the ground running with "All Night", a razor-sharp, synth bass-driven peak-time chugger rich in layered hand percussion, bold piano motifs and loved-up vocal snippets. It's sparse but heavy, propelled forwards by the kind of bassline that will wind its way into your subconscious. "Juicy Laugh" is similarly inclined, with the pair constructing a rolling peak-time workout around tough-but-stripped-back drums and another bold synthesizer bassline, this time plucked (or more likely copied) from one of the biggest freestyle-era hits of the 1980s.
MIDRIOTD 176
18 Feb 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Delirium - (8:19) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Delirium (80's Child & Ruff Diamond remix) - (8:03) 125 BPM
   
Delirium (Danny Russell & Ronald Christoph remix) - (5:49) 126 BPM
Review: Given the success of their previous joint single on Z Records, "Grateful", we know that Yam Who, Jacqui George and Jaegerossa are natural collaborators. Predictably, they've hit the mark again with this heavy, peak-time ready cover of Francine McGhee disco classic "Delirium". They've replicated many of the original's most potent features - think jammed-out electric piano riffs, heady vocals and wild synth solos - whilst updating it a little for house-centric contemporary dancefloors. The accompanying remixes are rather good, too. First, '80s Child and Ruff Diamond offer up a warmer, looser and breezier disco revision that adds a little more synth-heavy electrofunk flabvour, before Danny Russell and Ronald Christoph brilliantly strip the track back and emphasize the killer bassline on a superb disco-house take.
MIDRIOTD 174
11 Feb 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Boogie On Time - (8:20) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ready To Go - (7:28) 120 BPM
   
Sex Fantastic - (5:40) 120 BPM
   
Sexy Dancer - (6:52) 118 BPM
Review: Confusingly, Ladies On Mars isn't a collective of disco-loving Martian producers, but rather one chap from Argentina: Boom Zwapp Records founder Jonathan Braverman. He's released on a lot of labels over the years, but "Boogie On Time" marks his first outing on Midnight Riot. He begins with the title track, a heavily compressed chunk of celebratory disco-house cheeriness, before applying his trademark filter tracks to a punchier and more orchestral disco cut on "Ready To Go". Arguably even better is the sleazy, arpeggio-powered pump of EP standout "Sex Fantastic", while sparkling closing cut "Sexy Dancer" offers up an on-point revision of an electro-funk era disco workout.
MIDRIOTD 173
28 Jan 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Can't Get Enough - (5:54) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Rudy Wanna Dance - (6:40) 115 BPM
   
Boogie To The Top - (7:27) 118 BPM
   
Danceabilitys - (5:13) 114 BPM
Review: We're not quite sure who's behind the More Lotion project, but this debut EP on Midnight Riot is packed with intriguing dancefloor treats. Check, for example, "Can't Get Enough", a mid-'80s sounding affair that wraps jaunty piano lines and breathy male vocals around a chunky, synth-heavy groove, and the alien disco-funk shuffle of "Rudy Wanna Dance", a cut rich in bustling acid bass and Chic style guitar riffs. This kind of hybrid re-edit-with-extra-synths-and-drums formula continues on the more nu-disco flavoured "Boogie To The Top" and the slap bass-wielding roll of "Dancabilitys", which contains more delay and reverb-laden drum hits than your average early '80s Boyd Jarvis dub.
MIDRIOTD 172
21 Jan 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Dreaming - (5:29) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dreaming (Qwestlife remix) - (7:37) 118 BPM
MIDRIOTD 171
21 Jan 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Wear It (feat Sophie Paul) - (5:23) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ascend To Love - (5:12) 120 BPM
   
Wear It (instrumental mix) - (5:23) 120 BPM
Review: Midnight Riot's first release of 2019 sees two label regulars, Danny Kane and Natasha Kitty Kat, join forces for what we believe is the very first time. Vocalist Sophie Paul lends a hand on superb EP opener "Wear It", a brilliant fusion of rolling house and head-in-the-clouds disco rich in gospel style piano riffs and sweeping strings. "Ascend To Love" sees the duo brilliantly wrap fluttering, spaced-out vocal samples and disco loops around a metronomic house groove, while the "Instrumental Mix" of "Wear It" allows the duo's brilliant instrumentation (including the cut-glass disco strings and bouncy piano riffs) room to breathe. An impressive start to the year from one of digital disco's most reliable imprints.
MIDRIOTD 170
14 Jan 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Extasy - (6:17) 103 BPM
   
Keep On Time - (6:38) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: YAM WHO?, Chuggin Edits
Review: According to his Soundcloud bio, Frank Virgilio is a "visionary remixer". It's a bold claim, for sure, but helpfully you can now judge for yourself thanks to this two-tracker on Midnight Riot. In this instance, his approach is slow and loopy, with slowly building opener "Extasy" [sic] wrapping an LTJ Experience style groove in swirling string lines, gentle piano riffs and tasty vocal samples. It's naturally a little hypnotic, but also surprisingly breezy in feel. "Keep On Time", meanwhile, sees him stick a groovy, slow-house beat beneath dewy-eyed female vocals, right-paned guitar motifs, hypnotic bass loops and twinkling vibraphone solos. Visionary or not, both tracks are very good.
MIDRIOTD 169
31 Dec 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Yesterday - (5:25) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Disco State - (6:26) 120 BPM
   
The Flip Track - (5:44) 126 BPM
Review: Greek producer C Da Afro (Christos Antoniou) has been plying his disco trade for a few years now, with releases on labels such as SpinCat, About Disco and Disco Fruit, but here he comes to the ultra-hip Midnight Riot with a three-tracker that'll delight those in search of some authentically 70s-sounding grooves. 'Yesterday' is a lavish affair topped with female vocals in a near-chanted style, 'Disco State' has a vaguely Candido-esque feel and sports some fine parpin' saxophone, while completing the package is 'The Flip Track', which is considerably pacier than the other two, operating at an almost hi-NRG tempo.
MIDRIOTD 168
31 Dec 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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