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: 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: 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: 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: Five very serviceable disco tracks/re-edits here from Siberian producer Alexandr Chebankov, AKA Sunner Soul, coming on his own Vintage Music label. 'Don't Stop My Love' reworks Passion's 1982 Prelude gem of the same name, while 'What Cha Gonna Do' draws on the Stephanie Mills classic and 'Sunny Disco' lifts a snatch of (female) vocal from one of the thousands of covers of the Bobby Hebb song. Elsewhere, 'Lazy Sunset' and 'Do It Again' are presumably also re-edits, though what they're re-edits of we couldn't tell you - probably best not to worry about that, just get out under that mirrorball and enjoy!
Review: Vintage Music, helmed by Russian re-editor, remixer and producer Sunner Soul, has proved to be one of the more reliable edit-focused imprints over the last few years, delivering tidily tooled-up reworks that are rarely less than impeccably produced. We can confirm that the label's standards remain high on its latest missive, an expansive set headed up by Sunner Soul himself. He begins by turning a 1982 Gwen McRae heater into a bouncy chunk of boogie-house warmth ("Burning On The Dancefloor"), before successfully tweaking a soulful electrofunk workout ("Pump Up The Boogie") and a jazz-funk flavoured summery treat ("Sea Creatures"). Elsewhere, he joins forces with Kirton to adjust an '80s soul dancefloor smash ("Your Love"), while The Sunshine Disco Club weighs in with the rubbery synth-funk bliss of "Electronic Romance".
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: This EP from St Petersburg's Sunner Soul serves up seriously celebratory fare, all of which may result in impromptu kitchen, bedroom or living room dancing. First up is "Easy Breathe", a chunky house style revision of a rubbery, sax-laden disco workout. This is quickly followed by the swirling, orchestral disco bump of "Don't Stop" and the killer disco-funk grooves, spacey noises and razor-sharp riffs of "Really Don't Need". Elsewhere, "He Comes To You" is an addictive, sing-along friendly disco-house workout, while closing cut "Hustling & Boosting" is the most percussive and bass-heavy track on the EP - a thickset romp through tooled-up grooves, filtered orchestration and mazy synthesizer motifs.
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: 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: 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: 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: Editorial are back with more throwback disco sounds for our decadent dancefloor (guilty) pleasure! Starting out with the sublime deep soul of Slow Steps "We Won't Have To Cry No More (re-work)" they then launch into Los Angeles' Dino (yes, not Gino!) Soccio's "West Athena Funk" which stays on the soul train for a while until the epic boogie drama of Rayko's "Magic Number" ups the tempo, good and proper. Danny Deluxe serves up some summery Balearic vibes on "The Best Years" but they leave the best for last with Sunner Souls' "Show Me Your Love", a funky disco house groove for late night fashion crowds, which is ironically by a Siberian producer! We can dig it!
Review: As the nights grow darker and the air turns chillier, the Editorial crew are at hand to make us glow with an excellent selection of glowing disco cuts from five top-notch producers. Highlights include the sea breeze and cocktails vibes of Sunner Soul's "Heaven's Rhodes", its deeper, late night cousin "We Can't Stay" and the slick, bassy shuffle of "Mossa" by Funkyard.
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: The latest missive from the Editorial camp is something of a summery treat, with a sextet of producers taking it turns to lay down warm and inviting dancefloor treats, First up is Matt Hughes, whose "Lonestar" joins the dots between eyes-closed deep house and rich, bass-heavy Balearic disco. Hotmood lays down a chunk of horn-heavy, party-hearty disco house, while Massimo Vanoni marinades a sweet, sun-kissed disco cut in several gallons of tasty rum punch. Elsewhere, Sunner Soul works the filters hard on the low-slung disco house shuffler "Good Parts", I Gemin gets all sweaty and loopy on "Disco Fevah", and Andy Buchan does a great job reinventing an 80s synth-pop cut as a saucer-eyed slab of peak-time goodness.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Great to see Siberia's Alexander Chebankov (aka Sunner Soul) continued refusal to admit that he's not living in the tropics. Any deep house leanings he's had of late have been put on the back burner here as what we've found landing in our metaphorical laps are four slice of pure, sizzling disco (ouch!). Steamy, balmy - however you want to call 'em - they're all gems, but our picks is the chugging "Late Night Symphony", the woozy, warped-tape grooves of "Mystery Story" and the hiNRG boogie meltdown "Rock With Me". Hot
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: If you didn't know better, you might expect Sampling As An Art to be some kind of experimental tribute to the potential of the sampler. Sunner Soul doesn't deal in such pretentiousness, though, and instead serves up a trio of heady deep house jams that make great use of hand-picked samples from a range of soul, funk, jazz, Brazilian and disco records. It's a tried-and-tested approach, but one that pays dividends. All three tracks are warm, hazy and musically evocative, with beats that swing rather than slam in the same way as acclaimed material by the likes of Andres and Jus-Ed. Our pick is probably the stab-heavy bounce of "Flip Side of the Dark", but the slowly evolving "View of Passengers" runs it close.
Review: Label-hopping Siberian Sunner Soul is in a cheery mood, which may - in part, at least - be down to his return to the Vintage Music imprint he founded in 2009. The positively titled Happy EP begins with "Hang On", a deliciously hazy, dreamy chunk of fluttering disco-meets-deep house bliss built around slowly shifting loop patterns, stretched-out builds, cut-up samples and bouncy bottom end. Horn-heavy title track "Happy" is little less than a rush-inducing romp through party-starting disco-funk cheeriness, while "All Right" sees him expertly re-arrange (and tool-up) a shuffling, sun-kissed disco-funk cut full of rising string lines, fizzing jazz-funk synths and punchy horn lines. In other words, it's an EP chock full of mood enhancing moments.
Review: Russian disco and edits label Vintage Music is still doing the business good and proper. As said previously, living in Siberia doesn't stop these guys living a sun kissed dream and more power to them! This time it's home grown talent Sunner Soul appearing for the most part, mining the kind of smooth 70's soul funk samples that even Kenny Dixon Jr. would approve of. We're particularly keen on the sultry Rhodes and guitar licks of "Do It For My Brother" and the oh so uplifting "Smooth Riding". Liner offers us "Ocean" but hang on; it's Sunner Soul's edit and it's brilliant too; that vocoder, wow!
Review: Here label boss Sunner Soul shares the limelight with pa Lachetto Beats for a split EP. Not only are the tunes shared, but so too are the influences. Normally sticklers for disco, here they embrace retro hip-hop for what is essentially a compilation of short loops and beats. LB gets the lion's share of the tracks with the Avalanches-esque choppy soul of "Spring Cat", the trippy stoner beats of "Midnight" and the filtered 70s lament "She". SS meanwhile delivers the sparse loungey funk of "Soul Beats" and the start-stop 90s nead-nodder "Raw Beats". New year, new direction.
Review: Sunner Soul is from Saint Petersburg, but claims that his roots are drawn from Germany. The 30 year old further asserts that disco music was played at home from a young age, so it is about more than just music. Now as a producer, musician, DJ and record label owner, he presents his deep/funky/nu-disco/edits on his label Vintage Music. On the Right Cuts & Parts EP, we have the funky and filtered disco loops of "Soul Drifter" (original mix) or "Right Now" (original mix) which are reminiscent of early Cassius or Motorbass and similarly "Rainbow Set" (original mix) that equally features that distinct 'French Touch' on this dusty DJ tool. The Russian producer has had additional releases on hot disco labels such as Midnight Riot, Editorial and Funky Town in recent times and we expect to be hearing much more from this emerging talent in the months to come.
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: Sunny side up: Saint Petersberg's Sunner Soul returns with another exceptional, groove-kissed selection. Taking the lead with four of his own works, we're treated to lavish strings on "Feel So Good", our trousers are charmed off by the sultry jazz feels of "Soul Liberty", we're drowned in soaking wet filtered finesse on "Swindle Mode" and teased with the lolloping conga/bass groove on his edit of "Sweet Honey". Meanwhile last year's critically received newcomer Scruscru gets busy with a delicious sample over some chunky-assed jacking beats. Can you dig it?
Review: The Vintage Music boss known as Sunner Soul returns with some sun-kissed disco reworks that the Saint Petersburg DJ has fast become known for: on top labels like Minor Notes, Black Riot and Editorial. From the sexy, lo-slung groove of "About Our Love" with its Salsoul Orchestra like symphonies, the sleazy liquid funk of the electric "Flying Violins" and finally "Music Band" crammed with sweleteing steel drums, a massive horns section and uplifting vocals - these quality jams have arrived just in time for Summer. All killer, no filler on this one!
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.