Review: A fine three-tracker here from St Petersburg's Sunner Soul. The warm-up friendly "Celebration Of Life" gets the ball rolling, topping an understated 4/4 kick and warm bass with a lilting piano lick, string flourishes and a spoken vocal proclaiming that "music is the basis of all life". Then we come to "Snowflake" itself, a laidback but deceptively pacey affair that richly deserves its lead cut status and that?ll go down a storm on any dancefloor where deep, jazzual grooves are served, before "Spinnin' Around" plays us out on a good-t
Review: Although he's kept up a steady release schedule this year, Sunner Soul seems to be getting a bit choosy about what he releases, and when. Of course, his summery outings are always worth checking, but it does seem that his quality threshold has increased impressively as the years have worn out. This time round, there's two tidy tracks to choose from. Up first is title track 'Funky Birds', a rolling house jam rich in jaunty piano motifs, sampled disco instrumentation, looped vocal snippets and a groove so chunky and tactile it could probably be used as a stress relieving toy. The St Petersburg-based producer keeps the dancefloor fun going on 'Party Time', a fittingly titled disco-house shuffler blessed with jazzy guitar licks and attractive electric piano hooks.
Review: Saint Petersburg-based disco/nu-disco/disco-house veteran Sunner Soul really shouldn't need any introduction by now, nor should his Vintage Music label. This latest offering in the 'Selection' series features 11 tracks supplied by the label boss himself, and while it'd be a stretch to argue that there was much here in the way of surprises or stylistic curveballs, fans of previous volumes will find much to enjoy. All 11 cuts are original productions rather than re-edits but the sampler's never too far away - and neither, for that matter, is a phat bassline or a snazzy lil' keyboard lick, with the sprightly jazz-funk of 'Skyline Boulevard', the fat-bottomed 'Do It All Night' and the smooth n' sultry 'Not Easy' all good places to start.
Review: As his popular Vintage Music label enters its eleventh year, Sunner Soul has decided to serve up a 13th compilation of reworked good-time grooves, summery slow jams and string-laden boogie badness. There's much to admire across the 17 tracks, from the gently tooled up orchestral disco shuffle of opener "All Right" and the drowsy, thickset mid-afternoon deep house haziness of "Broers Vergadering", to the electric piano solo-laden, jazz-funk-goes-house goodness of "Feeling of Spirits", to the head-nodding, pitched-down disco-soul swirl of "Make It Better", which sounds like something the Revenge would have released on early noughties imprint Instruments of Rapture.
Review: Although technically a various artist compilation, the fifth volume of Vintage Music's series is really the Banana Lover show. He's responsible for four tunes here, the first of which, "Silver Surfer", is a collaboration with Sunner Soul. At 125bpm it's the fastest tune on here and sees the pair fully explore their French Touch influences with lashings of soft filters on dreamy disco loops. Elsewhere "Love Cruise" continues the soft disco house vibes, whilst both "Carefree Summer" and "Stars" evoke the haziness of early Washed Out. Kid Goodman also delivers the deep late 80s Chicago gem "Nice & Slow". Epic.
Review: Sunner Soul has long excelled at blurring the boundaries between re-edits and original productions, frequently offering up sample-heavy tracks that combine original disco instrumentation with his own beats, basslines and effects. He's at it again on 'Disco Groove Part 1', a three-tracker packed with audible positivity and genuine good-time grooves. He first peppers a swinging house groove with flanged guitars, spoken word snippets and hazy effects aplenty on 'Fantasy Mood', before reaching for sax solos, rising horn ensemble sounds and disco-funk samples aplenty on the similarly chunky 'I Got Feel'. Rounding things off is 'Valor Orchestra', a swirling, filter-heavy take on a sumptuous, Barry White-esque disco outing.
Review: St Petersburg resident Sunner Soul has had releases on the likes of Acryl Music, Midnight Riot, Tronic and Armada, but this five-track EP comes on his own Vintage Music label. Opener 'Dancing In Madness' ain't nothin' but a lazy summer groove complete with crowd noise and mucho use of the filters, 'Don't Hold Back' is in a similar vein but has a phatter bottom-end and 'Feel Good 2 U' is another late 90s filter disco throwback, before 'Handle With Care' leads us down a slightly more sophisticated jazz-funk path and 'Sunrise Jam' plays us out with jazz piano and energising James Brown-like whoops and shouts.
Review: Traditionally, Sunner Soul's loopy, loved-up disco, soul and boogie revisions have tended towards the slow and sensual. This time round, though, the Vintage Music boss is targeting peak-time dancefloors, starting with the chunky, bass-heavy disco-house dustiness of "What Are You Waiting For". He also serves up a mid-tempo chunk of disco-sampling, sub-heavy deep house wooziness (the ace "Ready To Pump") and a rolling, 110 BPM chunk of orchestral disco chunkiness ("Ultrafunk Orchestra"). The EP also includes a tasty bonus in the shape of The Sunshine Disco Club's "Sweet Journey (Synth Jam)", where warm pianos and winding, D-Train style synth solos rise above a dusty, spaced-out groove.
Review: Siberia's Alexandr Chebankov, AKA Sunner Soul, covers quite a range of contemporary disco ground across a mere five tracks here. The first two, 'Carefully Crafted' and 'Get Your Boogie', come from the more funk-fuelled end of the nu-disco spectrum, with phat-ass b-lines and, on the latter, chanted vox and wukka-wukking geetars. 'No One Can Like I Do' then takes us into Hed Kandi-esque disco-house territory, whlle 'Sweet Stuff Memories' and 'Softly Infusion' itself (the latter credited to The Sunshine Disco Club) are slightly deeper cuts that'll go down well wherever soulful house and broken beat/nu-jazz are played.
Review: One of the joys of Alexandr Chebankov's work as Sunner Soul has always been its inherent sun-kissed sumptuousness. Interestingly, there's a little more hard-worn heaviness to be found on his latest outing - see the shirts-off sweatiness of throbbing, arpeggio-driven peak-time assault of "Bad Boys Disco" and the cheery, party disco stomp of "Sugar Love Babe" - but the producer's love of smile-inducing dancefloor haziness remains. Check, for example, the loopy mid-tempo goodness of disco head-nodder "Body Fusion", a formidably bass-heavy revision of a familiar staple, and the deep house influenced, breakbeat driven disco jazziness of "Love Space", which may well be the EP's most alluring moment.
Review: Russia's finest disco dude, Sunner Soul, sticks with own Vintage Music label for the Make It Better EP. There are four luscious jams here, all written and produced by the man himself apparently (not sure where those 70s samples come from though!). Anyway, it's the vibe that counts and there are plenty of those. "Make It Better" is nearly seven minutes of sinuous, filtered disco sexiness, "Sidewalk Samba" is all slinky Latin beach grooves, "Unfinished Fight" is a gorgeous extension of an 80s Stevie Wonder synth soul jam and "You're Lying" is a deep and gooey slice of disco-tinged funky house.
Review: For as long as any of us can remember, the Editorial label has led the way in multi-artist re-edit EPs. Their latest missive is, unsurprisingly, a bit of a Christmas cracker. Tomas Malo kicks things off with "Welcome Distraction", a filter disco-house revision of Escort's 2006 revivalist disco gem "Starlight", before label regulars Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee drop the ultra-positive, disco-with-bells-on fun of "Your House Tonite". Pontchatrain gets "Nasty" with a chunk of righteous, floor-friendly disco-rock/house fusion, Sunner Soul delivers some horn-totin' disco-funk brilliance, and P-Sol confirms a "Luv 2 Dance" by cutting up a familiar old disco staple. As for Mars, he heads for the end-of-night close dance via sensual R&B vocals, nods to P-funk and some superbly sumptuous synths.
Review: Vintage Music chief Sunner Soul invites us to saddle up for another gallop through the funkier and more soulful end of the peak-time disco spectrum. He begins with a chopped-up, gently housed-up bounce through Hamilton Bohannon's most famous tune (the "Start II Dance" rework "Do It All Night"), before whipping his shirt off and dancing topless through the extra-percussive orchestral disco rush of "To The Top". Elsewhere, "When The Night" is a deeper, jazzier and sunnier disco shuffler, "Society of Soul" is swirling, beefed-up take on a much-loved Matsubara classic, and "CTS Funk" is a languid, loved-up disco-soul number.
Review: The Siberian tropical disco fanatic Sunner Soul is back with some more irresistible Hawaiian shirt grooves, and has even brought his veteran accomplice, Banana Lover, along for the ride! That said, the majority of tunes here go to SS, but hey, it is his label. There's three re-edits here, all plump and juicy with funky vintage bass, laid back beats and ever so familiar vocals. Our favourite is the thoroughly synthetic slap bass frenzy of "State and Manhattan". Banana Lover's contribution is a clever chillwave rework of Come Into My Life by Joyce Sims.
Review: Having proved more than adept at delivering contemporary re-jigs of disco, soul and electrofunk obscurities, the Editorial crew continue to blur the boundaries between re-edits and original production with a decidedly laidback, groovesome EP of summery tracks. Predictably, there's much to enjoy, from the baggy, organ-and-guitar heavy deep disco goodness of Tonbe's "Letter From The Past", to the horizontal listening pleasures of Sunner Soul's slo-mo surprise "Caribbean Wind". In between, you'll find a range of tasty, floor-friendly morsels, including the delay-laden piano party of SonicVibe's "No Cure" and the rolling disco heaviness of Martin Hayes' "Mesmerized".
Review: Russian producer Sunner Soul has forged a reputation as one of the more reliable sources of slinky, sensual, slo-mo grooves. Here, he expands the repertoire of his reliable Vintage Music label by snapping up a couple of similarly minded producers and laying down an EP so laidback and silky that it's virtually horizontal. His quietly soulful chugger "Love You Anyway" stands out, but there's plenty more to enjoy - not least the starburst disco-boogie rush of The Sunshine Disco Club's "The Pleasure Boat". Banana Lover provides a trio of eyes-closed, super slow groovers, of which the blissful "Favorite Thriller" is arguably the pick.
Review: Hot on the heels of last month's label sampler, Siberian disco fantasist Alexander Chebankov delivers a new selection of songs from his stable. Chebankov himself, under his Sunner Soul alias, is one of the two artists featured; delivering the tight filtered funk of "The Dream Bird", the laid back cosmic jam "Day After Day" and the sweaty cowbell workout that is "Anytime To Funk". The Sunlight Disco Band step up to handle the other three tunes here: the light and breezy, almost French touch-esque "Streetlight", the looped exoticism of "Renaissance Hotel" and the quirky 80s-style party romp "Morning Exercise".
Review: Living in Siberia has never stopped Alexander Chebankov from donning the proverbial Hawaiian shirt and producing soundtracks for dreamier, sunnier climes. Here, as Sunner Soul, he deliver three slowed down wonders - "Love Will Find A Way" is a sumptuous production that teases out a velvety 80s soul sample of Lionel Richie at his most seductive. "So Much Time" is a cosmic jam that builds into a soul belter, and finally "Together Again" demonstrates how vintage funk when edited, looped and filtered kind of becomes vintage house.
Review: Lazy, sun-drenched (nu) disco vibes are the order of the day on this four-tracker from Alexandr Chebankov, better known as Sunner Soul. 'West Side Harmony' is a looping funker augmented by crowd noise and assorted vocal snips, 'The Fuss' foregrounds a jaunty little piano lick, and 'Someone But Not You' harks back to that time around 1980 or so when 70s disco was rapidly morphing into 80s boogie. Arguably the standout, though, is 'Double Jazz Fusion', a clue's-in-the-title number with dusty vocal fragments, minor-key piano trills and what sounds like live double bass. Serve accompanied by an Ibiza sunset for maximum impact!
Review: Russian nu-disco stalwart Sunner Soul - St Petersburg-based Alexandr Chebankov - returns with a five-tracker on his own Vintage Music Label. The title track is a rolling disco-funk groove with added crowd/party noise, 'From Your Love' sports a soulful male vocal and some killer space disco stabs, 'Get On Up' rocks fine jazzy keys, 'Sunshine Hotel' is obviously a reworking of Richard T Bear's 1978 disco classic and 'Ghost Dance' plays us out on a lively, string-drenched disco-house tip. All five are playable but those pyeow! stabs and tinklin' ivories (respectively) nudge 'From Your Love' and 'Get On Up' ahead of the pack.
Review: Five very solid disco/disco-house cuts here from Sunner Soul. The title track is a sumptuous affair with strings, a phat-ass bassline, "I need you" female vocal snips and some fine space disco stabs, 'Dance Symphony' is a summery jam with a Loleatta vocal bite and mucho filter action, 'Let's Stay Together' finds us in 80s boogie territory (with more of those killer stabs to boot), 'Must Be Amour' harks back to the filter disco sound of the late 90s/early 00s and closer 'Oneness Of Soul' is a mellower cut with a dubby bassline and gently tinkling jazz ivories. Classy stuff all round.
Review: For their latest release, nu-disco dons Editorial have gone for the whole 'set meal' approach, hence the title "Table D'Hote". There's a smattering of great tastes and dishes served up here, all for one fixed price, including Siberian producer Sunner Soul's tight sunkissed disco houser "Keep In Touch", Mermaid's deep and sensual throbber "Bright Nights" and Silver Rider's Grade A Latin boogie clapper "Fool's Gold".
Review: Like many contemporary producers, Sunner Soul began his career crafting house-friendly disco and soul re-edits, before moving towards creating original deep house tracks. Return of the Groove is his latest house EP, and shows just how far he's come. There's a confident feel throughout, with the bass-heavy "Are You Ready" - all comfy chords, darting acid bass and cut-up vocal samples - and chunky "Rewind" showing serious dancefloor potential. The Russian producer isn't afraid to mix things up, either, as the bouncy dub house flex of "Feel That" and loose piano-house jam "Get Back" - layered with soulful attitude and the hallmarks of classic American house - neatly prove.
Review: St Petersburg's Alexander Chebankov, better known as Sunner Soul, returns with an EP on his own Vintage Music label that packs in five lively, authentically late 70s-sounding disco jams. 'I Can Feel It' gets the ball rolling, centring around a funk bass loop that's augmented by crowd noise and snatches of sampled dialogue. The title track is a more smooth-rollin' affair with warm, lounge-y keys front and centre and 'Secret Agent' has a kitschy, almost Deee-Lite-ish feel, before we're played out by a brace of near-instrumental summer groovers, 'Got 2 B U' and 'Super Ice Cream'.
Review: It's been a while since Siberian disco producer Sunner Soul has graced us with any new material. Well now we have a new label sampler, and this time he's sharing it with his old pal Banana Lover. The latter provides "Disco Sirens" a rolling grower based around some looped funk guitar samples, and "Touch You", in conjunction with SS, which sounds like something Chris Rea might have played in Ibiza back in 1987. It's all Sunner Soul from here on in - including the piano 'n claps of "Come On And Dance" and the slo-mo funk of "French Crime Jazz'.
Review: Given his Siberian roots, you'd expect this EP of edits-not-edits (i.e edits with overdubs and additional productions) from producer Sunner Soul to be icier than a frost-laden walk in freezer. Actually, it's totally the opposite, offering a trio of slo-mo tracks that are so warm, sunny and groovesome that you actually expect them to come with a free hug from Sunner himself. "Disco Action" itself is a gorgeous chunk of Rhodes-laden disco-boogie, whilst "Just Loving You" is a seductive call to the cozy warmth of a kingsize bed. "Sunshine", meanwhile, gently bumps and grinds around sun-flecked guitars, groovy bottom end and some seriously sexy horns.
Review: Russian producer Alexander Chebankov dusts down his Sunner Soul moniker for three more trips into the debris-strewn no-man's land between disco and house. Opener "Aquatic Space" sees him at his slow motion best, turning a head-nodding mellow soul classic into a bass-heavy slo-mo house chugger. "Body Language" repeats the trick, nudging closer to edit territory by turning a stoned soul-rock jam into a slick fusion of dubby grooves, lazy guitar solos and super-smooth vocals. "Disco In My Pocket" ups the tempo to a hectic 126 BPM, delivering a thumping but subtle enough retweak of disco classic "Angel In My Pocket".
Review: Five fine slices of contemporary disco make up this latest EP from Russian producer Alexandr Chebankov, better known as Sunner Soul. 'Feeling Of Spirits' is a midtempo shuffler that slowly breaks out into an intricate jazz-funk keys workout, 'Keep Strangers' is a Chic-y stomper, 'Liquid Disco' has distinctly Candido-esque overtones, 'Lay In Low (MF-SB Version' is a mellower, more lounge-y cut with muted space disco stabs and finally 'Simply Around' rocks a funkier, Blaxploitation-like vibe. With all five highly authentic-sounding and avoiding obvious samples, heavy rotation at the likes of Glitterbox and Horse Meat Disco is pretty much guaranteed.
Review: Sunner Soul's Deep Connections series appears to be an attempt to re-focus attention on his original house productions, rather than the hazy and sun-kissed re-edits with which he made his name. If that is the idea, then it has been a success; this second volume in the series contains some superb material. We're particularly enjoying the dreamy deep house/nu-disco fusion of opener "Spread Love" and bouncy, piano-heavy peak-time pump of classic house stomper "Help Me". Arguably best of all, though, is the druggy, basement-bothering throb of "Rewind", which recalls some of Danny Tenaglia's more bass-heavy house productions circa his late '90s residency at Twilo (think organs, hazy vocal samples, bold bass and crunchy percussion).
Review: Sunner Soul's latest project, Deep Connections, is being released in a number of installments. Volume one begins with a thrillingly woozy, synthesizer-heavy ambient intro (the notably trippy "Wave"), before the experienced Russian producer unveils a series of typically warm, sunny and ear-pleasing deep house workouts. Highlights include the sparkling riffs and chunky old school beats of "Cold Breath", the piano-laden, acid-flecked warmth of "Acid In My Mind" - arguably the EP's most potent cut - and the low-slung, late night hustle of "Are You Ready", a fine slab of retro-futurist U.S house heaviness that subtly doffs a cap to masters of the style such as Chez Damier and Kerri Chandler.
Review: With "Rhythm & Waves", Russian producer Sunner Soul seems to be daydreaming of sunnier and warmer times. There's certainly something suitably sun-kissed about the title track, which gently beefs up and re-arranges a bouncy, Clavinet-heavy chunk of groovy disco-funk that comes smothered in atmospheric party sounds. The tighter, slap bass-sporting "Universal Disco" explores similar sonic territory, while "Red Hot Disco" sees him layer up the percussion and filter sweeps on a joyful, mid-set workout. Elsewhere, "Let's Somebody Love" is a soaring slice up tooled-up disco-soul and "Get ready With Me" is a fine slab of string-laden boogie brilliance that sounds like it was beamed down from a distant disco planet.