Review: Two months after making his Masterworks Music comeback with an EP of tidy re-edits of rare and obscure jams, Chris Grubizna returns to Danny Worrall's popular label with a similarly minded sequel. There are six tracks to choose from, all of which have been given a slightly more metronomic swing and a bit more bottom-end weight to suit contemporary dancefloors. Highlights include rush-inducing opener "All You Need" (a rubbery revision of Barbara Roy and Ecstasy, Passion & Pain's 1981 gem 'If You Want Me"), the clavinet-heavy disco-funk chug of "Gettin' Down", the low-slung Miami Funk/disco fusion of "Miami Vice", and the jazzy disco sunshine that is closing cut "Summer Joy".
Review: Neo Blues 3 announces its arrival via our most trusted Vehicle label that's been a port of call for disco edits for the world over. Turning in another four-tracks here it's spearheaded by the uber-warm kick, woofing bass and melodic percussion sequences of "Sea-Line". Harking back to the days when artists like Eddie C and Tornado Wallace were dominating the slo-mo, chugging disco sound, "Condition" adds yet another beefy boost to a Ken Roger's classic, while funkier soul and blues jams from Kings of Survival make the cut alongside that all time cinematic classic by Rodriguez's ("Sugarman").
Review: Four cuts here from Mexico's Mateo Gonzalez - better known as Theus Mago - that will suit those who like their disco on the more electronic/leftfield/experimental side. Opener 'Apache Nights', for instance, owes far more to bleep techno and the early Warp sound than it does to the likes of (say) Chic or Earth Wind & Fire, while the accompanying Chicken Lips re-rub comes on like Kraftwerk jamming with Rennie Pilgrem. 'Piu Mosso' is a more straight-up homage to early 80s Euro/Italo disco and centres around an infectious, Arabic-sounding hook, while finally closer 'Sergio Ramos' could work in disco/Italo/EBM and progressive house sets alike.
Locussolus - "Next To You" (Kiwi remix) - (9:45) 105 BPM
Groove Armada - "He's On My Heart" - (5:21) 109 BPM
Clark - "Laptop Stand" - (3:16) 109 BPM
Review: This is not the first compilation to drop whose sole aim is to raise funds for NHS Chartities Together - R&S Records and Bass Agenda both delivered similarly epic sets - but "Care4Life" may well be the strongest and most diverse. As you'd expect, each one of the 45 tracks is previously unreleased, and the cast list reads like a who's who of dance music culture. Notable highlights include an ultra-deep, saucer-eyed number from Daniel Avery, an unheard rework of the Chemical Brothers' "Catch Me I'm Falling", a superb revision of Harvey's Locussolus project by Kiwi, Matthew Herbert in jazzy broken beat mode, a rare solo outing from Optimo's JD Twitch, a rip-roaring rave workout from Jas Shaw, and thumping peak-time bangers from Dusky, Eats Everything and Patrick Topping.
Review: Having recently notched up a sixth year in business, Fingerman's Hot Digits imprint is in a celebratory mood - hence this all-action round-up of recent delights and unheard treats from the disco-loving label. Encompassing no less than 30 tunes, the collection giddily skips between warming beatdown disco (P-Sol's "Walter"), Mark E style slo-mo loop jams (Vigi's "I'll Be There") and glassy-eyed Balearic nu-disco (Picklejam's "Untitled Love"), before raising its hands skywards as the peak-time party-starters begin to appear thick and fast. Highights in this category include the vibrant jazz-house flex of Dexter Jones' "Swing Thing", the bustling boogie re-edit business of Monsieur Von Pratt's "Let's Dance" and the hearty disco-funk heaviness of Chewy Rubs' "Funky Bee Bop".
Review: Maurice Fulton has made plenty of awesome records over the years, including a string of superb full-length sets as Boof. Here he returns with his first album under the alias for five years, and as you'd expect it's a belter. In line with its predecessors, Fulton delivers a swathe of ear-pleasing numbers laden with colourful synthesizer sounds, jazzy electric piano stabs, opaque chords and rubbery bass guitar. There are of course interesting and oddball diversions amongst the more straightforward house jams that are tricky to accurately describe - see "Ana's F Is Chillin", the intoxicating and exotic "Japanese Indian Shrimp Curry" and the kaleidoscopic space jazz that is the brilliant title track - and a handful of ultra-percussive peak-time beasts (see "Luam Has Found Her Z").
Review: One thing we are very proud to represent heavily here at JunoDownload.co.uk is breakbeat music, which has seen a major resurrection over the past few years. This latest five track rework extravaganza from Haynesy is a perfect example of that, kicking off with the vibrant drum chops and scratch heavy arrangement of 'Big Mouth'. Next, 'Let The Rhythm Hit 'Em' gives us a funkadelic vocal switchup, followed by the old school hip hop infusions of 'Root Down' and the more uptempo bass grooves of 'Set It Off'. Finally, DJ Jabbathakut arrives just in time to add some magic to 'I'll House You', a percussive explosion of tooting horns and sumptuous basslines, putting the perfect final touches on an excellent collection.
Review: Remarkably, three decades have now passed since Dave Lee AKA Joey Nergo inaugurated his label, Z Records. To mark the occasion, Lee has compiled this suitably epic, 44-track retrospective. There are plenty of big tunes and underground anthems present- see Jakatta's "American Dream", Raven Maize's "The Real Life", The Sunburst Band's "Everyday" and Doug Willis's "Spread Love" - as well as some of the veteran DJ/producer's favourite catalogue cuts and some slept-on gems. Throw in a string of memorable remixes - think Ame's remix of Akabu's "Phuture Bound", Grant Nelson's vintage rub of Z Factor's "Gotta Keep Pushin" and Joey Negro's revision of Patrice Rushen disco classic "Haven't You Heard" - and you've got a brilliant retrospective of one of house and disco's most consistent labels. Don't sleep!
Review: With Italy hit hardest by the Coronavirus and lockdown right now, Milan crew, collective and glitterazzi Rollover keeps hope alive! Normally a trusted party for Milano's Apollo club (that's brought the likes of Tiga, Maurice Fulton, Ame and Bambounou to town), Rollover is the place and project for DJ duo and label owners Rocco Fusco & Tiberio Carcano to work their magic. In times of crisis Rollover presents a special initiative via their "ANYTHING GOES" edit service, welcoming voluntary contributions that pay homage to the spirit of Balearic music and beyond! Expect tracks from 2manydjs, Adam Port, Soul Clap, Boombass, Moscoman and Bill Brewster, among many others, with proceeds going to the official emergency fund set up by the Italian Civil Protection Department destined for the COVID-19 crisis in Italy.
Review: Krafty Kuts & Bomb Strikes, two names that when combined leave us with potentially incredible results. They join forces here to curate and design the fifth edition of 'Bass Funk', showcasing some of the most prominent faces across the entire breadth of breaks. The tracklisting for this one looks pretty monstrous, featuring the likes of A Skillz, Dubra, Arteo, Fort Knox Five, K+Lab & more. There are a couple of immediate stand outs however, with the latin horn melodies and vibrant rhythms of Ninjula's 'Spanish Princess' and the pure rawcus devilry of 'AI' from the legendary Delta Heavy both standing out!
Review: For his latest trick, spoonerism-loving rework maestro V (AKA sometime funk-breaks producer Valique) has decided to offer up a second selection of "Neo Blues" scalpel works. He begins by delivering a chunky, rolling revision of Ann Feebles' rock-tinged gospel-funk classic "Beware", before chugging his way through a pitched-down revision of a weighty T-Rex glam-rock classic ("Jewelry"). This is followed by EP highlight "Holis", an inspired - and suitably epic - "Afro-blues" revision of one of Nina Simone's greatest moments, and the low-slung voodoo-house hypnotism of "Mississippi Lullalby (V's Rendition)". To finish with a. flourish, the Vehicle main man then adds some elastic new drums to Otis Redding's version of "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay".
Review: The term 'Balearic' too often just means "light and fluffy" these days, but here's a five-track various artists EP that really captures the original eclectic, genre-defying Balearic spirit. Absentune's 'Sea Fog' is a midpaced electronic headnodder, Antaares's 'Osadi' takes us into downtempo pastures with birdsong, langorous synths and Spanish-language spoken vocal samples, while Tlazohtla's 'Lluvia Lunar' operates in similar territory but with a dubbier feel. The Valtierra & Die Jungle's slo-mo chugger 'Mon Frere' then urges us back onto the dancefloor with its off-kilter bleeps and ominous, rumbling bass, before Xaman's 'Ambar' plays us out on a dreamy, hypnotic note.
Review: Now we don't know what is in the water where Cartridge is living right now, but blimey! This new selection from him on the super-consistent Locus Sound imprint is yet another showcase into his dubstep-driven brilliance, kicking off with the sub-shattering low end and unpredictable drum manoeuvres of 'Iron Lung', before 'Two Of Us' combines fluttering melodic inputs with lethal bass growls. Next, 'Tek Time' unleashes a stunning soundscape of glitchy lead synth designs and haunting string jerks, before rounding the EP off in style with the crunchy bass exploits and groovy percussive marches of 'Brute'. Awesome work!
Review: The fifth volume in Peppermint Jam's popular "Allstars" EP series hits home hard from the start, as DJ Meme and Brazilian legend Marcos Valle join forces to re-imagine sweaty Azymuth classic "Jazz Carnival" as a driving chunk of celebratory house mayhem. Lovebirds is up next with "The Path 2011", a similarly percussive workout that makes great use of steel band melodies and warm, deep disco bass. Matthias "Matty" Helibronn then gives a Teddy Pendergrass classic the re-edit treatment (albeit with the addition of some tasty new drums and a few well-placed filter sweeps), while The Reflex steals the show with an organ-heavy multi-track remix of Mandrill's 1972 funk shuffler "Ape Is High" (here re-named "Ape's Back In Town").
Review: Despite hailing from the frozen wilds of Siberia, Sunner Soul has always offered up music - be it re-edits, unlicensed reworks or original productions - that tends towards the warm, sunny and summery. He's at it again here, heading up a shared EP with the mysterious Sunshine Disco Club (most likely another alias of the same producer) that bristles with smiling positivity from start to finish. Of his three cuts, we're particularly enjoying the life-affirming piano solos and jazzy good-time grooves of "Skyline Boulevard" and the heady disco release of "Insurance Policy", where effects-laden orchestration clusters around a fizzing, hot-to-trot groove. The Sunshine Disco Club then takes over with the sumptuous, soft-touch 80s soul/synth-wave goodness of "Space Jam", before skipping through piano-house/80s electrofunk fusion on the rather fine "System Mode".
Review: Now the team at ONEPUF are gaining quite the reputation for extracting the weird and wonderful out of the producers they work with. This latest third edition of their self-named compilation series is a perfect example of that as they welcome 8 producers who all bring something very different to the table. Epoch provides us with an amphibious roller with 'Understand', followed by Exit 99's very unusual moogy creation 'Lemon Acid'. Next, some techy breaks action on 'Flugel Dance' from Coldpast before Kobe JT & Tuff Tax hit us with some original UKG flavour. Joedan keeps us on the garage tip with 'Black Everything', followed by the jersey club style sounds of 'Swisha Drop' from Killjoy and high speed acid vibes of Zeed's 'Fish & Chips'. Finally, DJ BMW lets loose some original techno flavour with the unpredictable moog stabs of 'Reactor Core VIP', with Headchef's 'Alarming Regularity' providing us with the perfect outro for this momentous compilation.
Review: Katakana Edits first compilation, 2017's "Crate Diggin", was an epic collection of high-grade re-edits, mash-ups and reworks packed to the rafters with tried-and-tested dancefloor treats. This belated follow-up is even more epic, with the popular label squeezing in no less than 50 tracks that variously touch on riotous disco-funk, dub disco, new wave, disco-rock, deep funk, Afro-boogie, swamp funk, Latin beats, boogie, pitched-down chuggers, boogaloo, hip-hop and everything in between. You'd expect that standard to be high - it is a "best of" collection after all - and it is. If you need an instant armoury of scintillating club cuts, look no further.
Review: Jared Philip's recent sophomore album as Jex Opolis, "Net Worth", was rightly praised for its canny combination of ear-catching synth-pop, chunky proto-house and colourful boogie revivalism. This equally as impressive partner release gathers together tracks that didn't quite make the cut and alternative mixes, all of which are up to Philip's usual high standard. Highlights include the deep, bubbly and spacey synth-pop shuffle of "Dubsystem", deliciously tough and stripped-back "Dub Mix" version of high energy/Italo-disco workout "The Bottom", and the acid-flecked glory of "Jexendirekt", a slab of late night dancefloor gold smothered in foreboding riffs, poignant chords and bustling, arpeggiated bass.
Review: Since launching in 2017, Toulon-based imprint Act of Sedition has become renowned for the quality of its re-edit releases, many of which appear on rarely seen seven-inch "double-packs". This time they're trying something a little different by gathering together a swathe of previously unheard reworks on a must-check digital compilation. It's a fine set that touches on a number of interconnected styles and sounds, from loved-up Balearic nu-disco (Nu Pilgrims "Soul Shadow (Withers Shakedown)") and tooled-up Afro-disco heaviness (Belabouche's bouncy "Hey Africa"), to rushing revisions of stone cold disco classics (Monsieur Von Pratt's "Why", Reece Johnson's stomping "Piece of Mind") and head-nodding, toe-tapping soul (Mr Doris's "Hercules").
Review: As you might expect, Valique seems to have been using lockdown to conjure up more cheeky reworks for his popular and long-running "V's Edits" series. He kicks things off with a chunky, nu-disco-meets-disco-house style revision of a vintage Rose Royce tune full of build-and-release dancefloor trickery and a thickset, ear-catching bassline, before re-imagining a Can krautrock classic as an acid-fired chunk of percussive, low-slung house sleaze. He then skips through AOR disco pastures via a heady, deep house style revision of a Jefferson Airplane classic, before serving up some samba-soaked Balearic business ("The Ripe Tones") and rushing, gently tooled-up Philly Soul (a fine rework of a sing-along Archie Bell and the Drells classic).
Review: Epic summer balearic haze, blaze and beats amid a mirage of finely tuned melodies and 3D bass from Afterlife. Always at home on Subatomic, this is a most impressive Afterlife record yet! Combining Pantha Du Prince-like percussion with the hippy-ness of new age pan pipes in "Jolly Up", find thrumming 808 drum machine sequences that give maximum weight and pulse to the low end nostalgia and deep seated, dusty percussion funk in "Into The Heat". A quality EP of new age dub that should appeal to fans of Fantastic Man, Tornado Wallace and Running Back, with DJ Rocca's Dark Art mix to "Si Si Si" offering an ambient, broken beat, and exotic breaks alternative to this EP's thick island vibe. Get ya hammock!
Review: Midnight Riot bring us a 20-track compilation that certainly can't be faulted on the eclecticism front, with tracks ranging from the boogie nouveau of Ilija Rudman's 'Let This Dream Be Real' to Sirs' fairly self-explanatory 'Turkish Folk', and from the sumptuous soul of Jack Tyson Charles' 'Glory' to BJ Smith's acoustic psych-pop cover of Soul II Soul's 'Keep On Movin''. The southern bar room funk of HP Edits's 'Why Don't You Slide', the smokey soundtrack jazz vibes of Peter Simmons' 'Downtown' and Phoenix's 'Sueno Latino'-ish 'Nature Dance' are three more highlights of a varied and enjoyable collection.
Review: Hesse native Victor Shan is next on local institution Live At Robert Johnson and if there's ever been a more poignant tribute to the clubbing institution and label - this is it right here. Taking his inspirations from disparate influences such as house, synthpop and balearic, Shan's LARJ debut 'Nordring 131' is named after the club's address in Offenbach. From the hypnotic classic house vibe of the title track which is awash in icy FM synthesis, the sublime ambient journey of "Meta", to the glassy-eyed and bittersweet Italo magic of "M1 Dreams". Finally, we hear him taking inspiration from the second Summer Of Love on the evocative "I Am For Real".
Review: Given that both Marquis Hawkes and Unknown To The Unknown are renowned for their ability to deliver party-starting, retro-futurist treats, you'd expect the Berlin-based producer's second EP for DJ Haus's label to be packed to the rafters with sweaty treats. Interestingly, it isn't, though it's also arguably one of Hawkes' most interesting releases to date. Across the EP, he sashays between dreamy, mid-tempo Balearic disco (the synth-heavy lusciousness of "Lunar" and even more saucer-eyed "Voyage"), electro-fired sunrise warmth (the sparkling, Kaleidoscopic electronics, lazy electro beats and squelchy acid bass of "Be The Change You Want To See"), strangely-swung, Aphex-on-Valium vibes ("Validation Comes From Within") and droning ambient soundscapes (the string-laden swell of "Morning After").
Kraak & Smaak - "Don't Want This To Be Over" (feat Satchmode - Jean Tonique remix) - (4:26) 106 BPM
Review: Future Disco invites you poolside and guides you through the long hot summer days, where the parties begin early and finish late. Taking you from lounging by the pool under the clear blue sky to sunset house, this is perfect for any laidback occasion. an essential summer soundtrack that features key artists such as: Dutch trio Kraak & Smaak who present the sensual lo-slung disco of "Don't Want This To Be Over" (Jean Tonique Remix), U.S. artists David Marston & Life On Planets who team up for the evocative deep house groove of "Contortions" feat. Hannah Noelle & Dan Izco, and Berlin-by-way-of Vancouver artist Jayda G who serves up the hypnotic Detroit vibe of "Rishikesh". Elsewhere, the ever reliable Butch delivers the main room dancefloor drama of "Lale", and Brazilian techno legend Renato Cohen makes his comeback on "Sweet Nightmare" but makes a departure from what we're used to on this funky house anthem. Also comes with a continuous DJ mix.
Review: When we saw this one land in the store we could barely contain our excitement, seeing Imajika and Subaltern on the same project together, what more could we ask for? The project holds five beefy originals, kicking off with the title track 'Stagger', a system ready march, driven by high energy percussive lines and pulsating subs. This is then followed by 'Unti Pundi', which deploys more spacey goodness and vibrant bass tones before 'Inside The Sycamore Root' unleashes a much more swampy style of composition, complete with growling synthesizers and aquatic percussion. We then dive into the super wonky LFO designs and creepy atmospheric feelings of 'Stoker' before finishing up on 'Walking Through The Elephant's Foot', an eerie, post-dubwise delight. Amazing work!
Review: Radio Slave is releasing his second album in three phases - and this first volume of Radio Silence sure to impress techno fans of all persuasion. This is largely due to the fact that the Rekids boss has drawn inspiration from a myriad of sources; these include Jeff Mills at his most esoteric for the swirling sound scales of "Ghost" and the break beat driven "Cell", while on "Contact", he opts for a visceral, grubby techno banger. On "Zqu", we get to hear Radio Slave at his most intense, with a pounding steely rhythm prevailing, while he quickly shifts into compelling abstract mode for the eerie tones of "Command Z Av".
Review: It's been three years since five-part collective JazzProfilactika released their debut Tick Tock LP and they return to Timewarp with a very much welcomed take on stylish nu jazz and funk orientated beats! Given an electronic touch and sampling boost, "Ah Yeah" goes deep on the rhodes and phat on the phunk alongside the more jazz and brass orientated "Funky". Remixes come from band member Chillov (Tsvetan Momchilov) and good friend ilko (Ilin Grivishki) who adds a deeper shade with extra keys to his remix. Get down.
Review: Paper Recordings has recruited another four rising stars to its "Wild Army", a kind of musical vigilante group whose weapons are synthesizers and drum machines. The first to bear arms is Martin Wold, who offers up a sparkling, sax-laden slab of bubbly nu-disco cheeriness entitled "Elixir". The Secret Soul Society replace Wold on guard duty, cloaking the killer groove from Five Sinners' rubbery Italo-disco classic "Magic" in melancholic strings and dreamy chords. Jahn Solo calls his comrades to arms via the glassy-eyed AOR disco re-edit magic of "Til The Night Closes In", while Boblebad keeps those back at the barracks in good spirts with a cheery chunk of deep, disco-fired electro goodness ("Frustrasjon").
Review: Since debuting under his given name in 2017 (before that he delivered solo productions as Heretic), Eskimo Twins member Timothy Clerkin has released must-check music on Ransom Note Records, Insult To Injury, Throne of Blood, and now Sprechen. His brand of psychedelic nu-disco tends towards the cosmic and otherworldly, and that's exactly what opener "War Wolf" delivers: think tumbling analogue synthesizer melodies, chugging grooves, raw bass and Enigma-style synth-flute lead lines. In contrast, "Acid Drive" is a bold and bright affair build around wild TB-303 acid lines, baggy piano riffs and bleeping, eyes-closed melodies, while closing cut "Bleak House (Clerkin's Reprise Mix)" - made in collaboration with "Night Giants" - is a moody, pitched-down take on dreamy, acid-flecked breakbeat house.
Review: If you're in need of some musical positivity in your life, we'd heartily recommend this rushing collection of feel-good gems from Editorial regulars Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee. Naturally, there's tons to get you up and dancing in your living room. Opener "Layover Blues" brilliantly peppers a sludgy, Italo-disco style groove with horn-heavy samples from a disco-funk gem, samples which Nebraska then uses to offer up a thrillingly low-slung disco-house remix. Ed and Dee go in that direction themselves on the deep house/disco warmth of "The Need Inside", while "Dat Funk" is a fine revision of a lolloping funk-soul shuffler rich in punchy sax lines and groovy bass. They simmer things down successfully on closing cut "Lemonade", a bass and break-driven chunk of slo-mo goodness.