Review: Beards. Where'd they come from, eh? One minute it was all asymmetrical haircuts and 80s electro-pop, then the beards & disco brigade arrived. Well successful re-edit imprint Whiskey Disco proves that beards are still big and happening. YSE has a shady house music history but here displays his love of disco with four quality reworks. "Freeze Frame" is a vocoder-led slow building chant-a-long, "I Own The Boogie" is a deep and intense disco funker with killer basslines (both electronic and live), "Warm Wind Brewing" is a Fantasy Island/Love Boat romantic journey and "Here I Come Again" ends things with some raw disco seduction.
Review: Following outings on Popular People's Front and Whiskey Disco, Rhythm Plate man Ant Plate brings his YSE Saint Laur'ant alias to Editorial for the first time. As you might expect from a man of his experience, the quality threshold is high, and the source material obscure. He opens with the low-slung, Japanese-influenced, Tom Tom Club style disco-funk of "Bow Legged Robot", before taking things up a notch with the classic disco groove, tight horns and swirling strings of "Keep In Step". There's more classic strings and eyes-closed builds to be found on the superb "When Are You Gonna Land", which benefits greatly from a killer percussive break midway through. Finally, he serves up a delicious chunk of summery jazz-funk/disco fusion on the decidedly breezy, Brazilian sounding closer "The Optimistic Voyeur".
Review: East Midlands producer Ant Plate (he of Rhythm Plate and YSE fame) dons his lesser-known YSE Saint Laur'ant moniker for a second outing on Whiskey Disco (his first dropped in 2012). As you'd expect from someone with a such a rich history of joining the dots between deep house and disco, the Swimwear EP delivers a quartet of breezy, positive cuts that should suit DJs in both styles. There's some smooth, soul-flecked grooves in the shape of "Never Be", a brilliantly wide-eyed slo-mo chugger ("Forever Mind", complete with classic AOR vocal samples), a thrilling exercise in low-slung disco house dirtiness ("Bozwa Locks") and an hypnotic, slowly unfurling chunk of dreamy deepness with quirky blue-eyed soul samples ("Walked in the Room").
Review: With the Ladykillers EP being his third EP under the YSE Saint Laur'ant moniker, it seems that Ant Plate (Rhythm Plate/YSE) seems to be growing more and more accustomed to the guise. That's good news for us and fans of high quality laid back palm tree disco jams everywhere. There are four tracks here, each of which takes a different direction, from filtered slo-mo disco-house loops ("Ghetto Woman") to weirded out samples over hypnotic shuffles ("Psychodelic Woman"), but our fave is the breezy, disco-drenched yacht rock of "Crying Woman".
Review: For this 11th edition of the Whiskey Disco series, Sleazy McQueen has gathered together a series of decidedly loved-up re-edits, many with a real AOR feel. That's certainly the case with "Moonlight" - a wonky bundle of 6am sunrise hugs edited into shape by Yves Saint Lau'rant - and Anthony Mansfield's delightfully subdued "Cosmic Annie". There's some straight-up party flavours in the shape of Disco Tech's bumpin' rework of perennial Dolly Parton fave "Jolene", while Cole Medina successfully dubs out a deep house love song on "Your Love".
Review: Four lavish cuts drawing on classic funk, soul and disco make up this EP from Derby's Ant Plate, better known variously as Yse, Yse Saint Laur'ant or Rhythm Plate. 'Just As Bad As You' is a midpaced cut that tops a pulsating funk groove with soaring brass and a full-lunged female soul vocal. 'The Prison' is a mellower, more cinematic affair with a spoken vocal, 'I Know I've Been Changed' is an upbeat stomper on the house/disco cusp and finally 'New York Paris' sees us back in soundtrack-y territory, conjuring images of a late-night cab ride through late 70s mean streets.