Review: UK-based Bad Barbie teams up with Chewy Rubs to deliver more of her disco re-edits here on the 'Locked In' EP, with forays into funk, house and reggae. She's known for her radio show on Kane FM, where her love of music and lively personality get a chance to shine, not to mention maintaining a rather curious Instagram account. Partner in crime Chewy Rubs is no stranger to the scene either, and heads up this very label: Bandolier Records. Get utterly hypnotised by the funked-up disco loops of "Breakout" which is sure to turn up the heat on the dancefloor, while the deeper and more low-slung groove attack of "Normalism" is reminiscent of the Chicken Lips/Bearfunk style - perfect boogie down vibes to play at sunset!
Review: Midnight Riot begins its second century of releases with what appears to be a label debut. They're keeping tight-lipped about the identity of Barbi (and pretty much everything else about this release), so we'll quickly move on to the two tasty tracks that make up the EP. Opener "I Need To Know" is something of a bustling, rolling, bass-heavy disco-funk treat, where punchy horns, cut-glass strings, bluesy guitars, incessant Hammond lines and gravel-throated vocals wrap themselves around a relentless groove. Flip to the virtual B-side for "Too Late", a similarly inclined chunk of effects-laden, horn heavy disco haziness with plenty of bottom-end bounce.