Rejoice With Me (I Need You) (club mix) - (6:01) 130 BPM
Sample Seduction (club mix) - (5:53) 130 BPM
Review: Sheffield sorts Adelphi Music Factory have previously proved adept at channeling 30-odd years of Steel City house heritage, with nods to U.S garage, gospel and deep house being fused with darker, heavier and more industrial-strength musical elements. They're at it again on Electric Arc Furnace, first paying tribute to a legendary Sheffield club night on the sweaty, loopy and party-hearty heaviness of 'Jive Turkey'), before bouncing through tactile disco-house territory on 'Rejoice With Me (I Need You)'. 'Sample Seduction' meanwhile is a piano and stab-heavy slab of warehouse-ready bedlam that would definitely have gone down well in Steel City nightclubs back in the '90s. Three extended club mixes are included to complete a very strong package.
Review: Birdee is a rising star of the nu-disco and re-edit scenes, so it makes perfect sense that Bomb Strikes has recruited him to curate and mix the latest volume in their excellent Disco Funkin' compilation series. As you'd expect, it's a thoroughly and joyous affair, rich in colourful synth sounds, funky disco basslines and beats that flit between housed-up heaviness and more organic-sounding, less pumped-up grooves. There are tons of essential cuts amongst the 25 unmixed tracks on show, with highlights including the sun-bright rush of Pete Herbert's remix of Da Chick's 'Chick a Boom', the crunchy Clavinet-sporting disco-funk of Shaka Loves You's 'Let's Move (SLY Disco Rub)', the slick French Touch style warmth of Birdee's own 'Thinking About You' and Ray Mang's celebratory revision of Smoove & Turrell's 'Do It'.
Review: While Dave Lee has donned many aliases over the years, and worked on many projects, you get the feel that the Sunburst Band, his musician-led tribute to the jazz-funk, disco and boogie of his youth, brings him most joy. 'Listen Love', the first new Sunburst Band single for some time, is certainly a joyous and exuberant affair, especially in its EP-opening 'Jazz Funk Renaissance Mix' form. This is little less than a carnival-ready dance through Brazilian jazz-funk pastures topped off by a superb, partially improvised lead vocal from Wayne Hernandez. Louie Vega and Josh Milan join forces to deliver two headline grabbing reworks: an expansive, full vocal Latin house take and a driving dancefloor dub that's as sweaty and breathless as they come.
Review: Since launching on vinyl in 2019, the Ron's Reworks series from Crazy P co-founder Jim Baron AKA Ron Basejam has consistently delivered high-quality reworks that tend to shy away from the obvious and over-played. The standout on the series' fourth missive is undoubtedly 'They Speak Colour', a loopy, soft-focus disco-house jam whose relentless grooves, synthesizer splashes and simmering orchestration make it sound like Soundstream after a bong full of Marijuana smoke and several disco biscuits. Elsewhere, 'The City' is a canny revision of an unusual disco-boogie number that builds through sections of drums and cut-up, scat style vocals before finally flourishing late on, while 'The Cull' is a deep and meandering head-nodder tailor-made for warm-up sets and sit-down bar gigs.
Review: Glitterbox regular Alan Dixon brings us his take on five Salsoul classics, but rest assured these are no shoddy "whack a 4/4 kick under it" bootlegs - Dixon was given full access to the original multi-tracks for this project. Even so, it's a brave man or woman indeed who looks at the Salsoul catalogue and thinks "I could improve on that," so he's wisely avoided doing anything too radical or adding any extraneous elements of his own, instead simply teasing out the tracks' most familiar hooks and giving them a structural make-over, rendering them easier to programme in contemporary house and disco sets. Classy stuff.
Review: In our opinion, NYC's Homage label has yet to put a foot wrong musically since launching in 2017, with the quality of its output seemingly increasing with every successive release. The label's latest release from Palmiara - the alternative alias of Eastern European producer Antoni Sierakowski - is another strong showing. It sees the Poland-based artist deliver a trio of colourful, synth-heavy, retro-futurist house treats: the Jex Opolis-esque 'Mt Paradiso'; a squelchy slab of off-kilter, organ-sporting Latin dance (the acid-flecked 'Jaszczurka'); and the timbales-championing acid house eccentricity of 'Surfin'. The latter is given the remix treatment by Running Back boss Gerd Janson, who brilliantly re-imagines it a stirring, acid-fired Balearic house gem.
Review: Say 'Toolroom' to most people these days and they'll perhaps think first of peak-time tech-house stompers, but there's always been more to the label than that. Their 'Poolside' series, for instance, has been showcasing the more lounge-y, soulful and/or disco-infused side of house since 2014, and if you're a fan of such styles then this latest installment, packing cuts from the likes of Opolopo, Random Soul, Sebb Junior, Per QX, Saison and Ross Couch plus a host of up-and-comers, is unlikely to disappoint. The jazz-funk nouveau of Opolopo's 'Ginsu Knife' and Vertigini's garage-tinged 'Over You' are among the highlights of a collection with nary a Pavlovian snare roll or cheesy rave stab in sight.
Review: Fast rising producer Mr Diamond, he of Solid Grooves Raw, Saved Records and Seven Dials fame, tested his sound on more than 300 songs over the last two years. As a DJ, his sets cover the full spectrum of house music, so he took this approach when making the Dance With Me EP. From the funky house attack of the title track, to the sweltering tribal house ritual of "Bongomatic" and the clipped rhythms of final track "London Bass", a trippy minimal house workout that is aimed squarely at after hours dancefloors.
Review: For the next release from the ever-ready Chimpizm, he remains on his home imprint for two more fantastic journeys into garage culture as he invites both Alex Lee and Tuff Culture inside for a pair of tidy remixes of 'Floor Burner'. To begin, we take in Alex Lee's 'Original Donk' mix of the track, which as you can imagine focuses on a very moog-like lead bass instrument, plucking away in an almost deep house compositional style, laying the blueprints below a catchy groove above. Tuff Culture's remix sees us take in a very different style as lively drum skips and uptempo 4x4 rhythms take a hold of the original samples, giving us a real big room feeling from start to finish. Two wicked remixes to say the least!
Review: Old studio buddies Owen Jay and Melchior Sultana have previously proved adept at delivering dreamy, musically rich deep house and downtempo grooves, so it's no surprise to find that their latest full-length outing is entitled Dream Landscape. It's a fitting title all told, with the pair variously mixing and matching colourful synth sounds, summery chords, squelchy bass, yearning piano lines, dubby basslines and atmospheric electronics with electro, deep house, post-dubstep and downtempo beats. Throw in occasional nods to jazz-house (see the super-deep 'Shine Through'), darker tech-house (the clandestine 'Jackin') and pleasingly horizontal ambient ('Blurred Vision') and you have a genuinely superb set that entertains from start to finish.
Review: Almost 12 months after the vinyl version hit stores, the second volume in Jim Baron AKA Ron Basejam's Ron's Reworks series finally lands on digital download. The real killer here is 'Your Brain On Music', a slightly beefed-up and tooled up version of an Italo-disco-era chugger rich in driving bass, spacey synthesizer lines, proto-acid sounds and almost symphonic electronic chords. Elsewhere, 'Be Bizarre' is a tight, mostly instrumental revision of an electrofunk era big studio rock number - all squelchy synth bass, glistening guitar riffs and heavily edited, effects-laden drum machine beats - while 'Call Me' is a fine scalpel edit of a sparkling boogie jam. If high-grade, club-ready re-edits are your thing, you need this EP in your life.
Review: Shall Not Fade continues to offer-up high-quality material, including tons of label debuts, at a furious rate. Their latest EP- a first Shall Not Fade outing from 19-year-old French producer THEOS - is packed to the rafters with "no-filler, dancefloor-oriented house music". THEOS's trademark style is spacey and funky, effortlessly joining the dots between French touch, wide-eyed futurism and the groovy end of of Gallic tech-house. Amongst the highlights are breezy, piano-sporting treat 'Keep Creating Your World', the superb opener 'Lie Machine', the sub-heavy depth and jazzy synthesizer flourishes of Cosmonection hook-up 'Unusual Ego' and the warehouse-ready bounce of 'Livin' & Lovin'.
Review: When it comes to effervescent, exciting, party-starting club cuts, few producers can match the track record of Chrissy Shively. The San Francisco-based Chicago exile is at his energetic best on the So Electrifying EP, his first outing for Pets Recordings. The title track is a high-grade disco-house jam that's as celebratory as they come, while 'Aww Baby' sees him cunningly combine sleazy analogue house, rave stabs and disco samples to devastating effect. Accompanying Shively's original versions are two remixes: a stomping, harder-edged, acid-powered disco-house rework of 'So Electrifying' by VONDA7, and a wonderfully sleazy, pitched down acid-disco revision of 'Aww Baby' courtesy of the Carry Nation. Terrific stuff!
Review: Mad Mats & Tooli's ever reliable Local Talk imprint out of Sweden returns this week with a new one by Brighton's Luke Fono, who last appeared on our radar a while back with his terrific track "Telephone" with Buddha Kid. His offering here is the ultra deep mood music of "4Real" featuring an evocative vocal by BB James. With its breezy neon-lit chords and swung garage rhythms, it is the perfect backdrop to James' vocals and will appeal to fans of Kaidi Tatham or 4hero. There's also a handy dub and edit featured for all the DJs out there.
Review: Second time around for NYC beat-maker Tony Touch's Latin-fired dancefloor workout 'Sacude', which first surfaced on Vega Records back in 2017. This time round it comes accompanied by a dizzying number of fresh remixes. Label boss Louie Vega leads the way, delivering a trio of low-slung, sweat-soaked Latin house takes that put heavy bass guitar and Puerto Rican percussion at the heart of the action. Manoo's suite of remixes are largely deeper and more rhythmically bouncy, with shimmering synth chords, beefy sub-bass and crisp, punchy percussion. Miami scene stalwart Oscar G (he of Murk fame) provides tougher, tech-tinged, basement-bothering revisions that are more muscular than your average powerlifter, while Tony Touch's own remix doffs a cap towards Cumbia and reggaeton.
Review: Michael The Lion and Amy Douglas' self-titled EP on Soul Clap was arguably one of the best disco-focused releases of 2020, so hopes are naturally high for this remixed version. To kick things off, Jamie 3:26 and Danou P get to work on 'James is the Message', combining sturdy but loose drum machine beats with glorious disco instrumentation and a killer bassline, before Crazy P's Jim Baron dons his Ron Basejam guise to turn 'Willing' into a mid-tempo, jazz-funk influenced disco shuffler. Best of all though are the Patchouli Brothers reworks of 'Find a Way', where Steven Klavier joins Douglas on vocals. The Canadian duo re-imagine the cut as a synth-heavy fusion of nu-disco, proto-house and gospel, in the process delivering a sure-fire dancefloor anthem for summer 2021.