Review: Brazilian duo My Girlfriend - AKA veteran multi-instrumentalist Zopelar and 18-year-old wunderkind Benjamin Sallum - come with six pleasingly varied cuts here that will suit the dancers as well as the chin-strokers and headnodders. 'Piercing', a two-minute beats-free intro piece that's reminiscent of early System 7, opens proceedings, followed by 'Gidi', which marries ker-razy jazz beats to a west coast funk b-line and suspiciously 'Baby Love'-like female "ooh-ooh-ooooh-oohs". Things take an 80s electro turn on 'Modal', 'Believe In Something' has a blissed-out, Sunday AM feel, 'Corner Club' is a fiery lil' shuffler and finally 'Fingers' pushes further into looping, experimental territory.
Review: London based online magazine The Ransom Note launched their record label back in early 2016 and are now onto their tenth release. They continue their search for the finest dance music around the globe and serve up a 'carnival-ready curveball' here with 'the sleazy, Ghanaian Afro-Ghetto-Techno-Pop that is Bryte's word-of-mouth classic' entitled "I Like Your Girlfriend". Originally surfacing on YouTube dance videos, the low quality video rip of Bryte's 'bizarre' lyrics over Gafacci's grime/afro house beat has been popular with tastemakers such as Bok Bok, Mixpak and Gang Fatale. Coming from Accra's Azonto dance scene, where tracks are produced in makeshift home studios then swapped through social media apps on smartphones,this track has long remained a holy grail. The label claim that this is quite possibly the first Azonto track to be released on vinyl!
Review: Miami man His Dirty Secrets made his debut in early 2016, serving up a sextet of steamy disco rubs on Midnight Riot. On this follow-up for Masterworks Music he's reined himself in a little, though the four tracks on offer are amongst his strongest reworks to date. There's a breezy dreaminess about the killer combination of undulating boogie gass, jazzy guitar riffs, warm chords and drifting vocal snippets at the heart of deep disco opener "Floatin", while "Fantom (African Woman)" is a lolloping, organ-heavy take on an old Afro-funk gem. Meanwhile, "All The Way" is a string-laden sprint through peak-time disco pastures and "Prelude" is a groovy, pitched-down take on arguably one of the greatest disco records of all time.
Review: If low-lung and druggy drag-house is your thing, then look no further than this new jam, "Psycho X Girlfriend" from veteran American DJ Eddie Amador. Clocking in at nine minutes, the tune boasts a relentless bass loop, campy vocals and samples, jazzy chords and searing hi hats. Elsewhere, remix-wise, Ardalan delivers a spectacular, skippy minimal-house rework whilst CJ Jeff gets even heavier and deeper with his sparse and trippy percussive version of the mantra-like 6am.