Four new mixes here of a track from 1976 that'll be familiar to most disco connoisseurs: a firm favourite at David Mancuso's The Loft, it's featured on countless bootlegs over the years (including the 'Loft Classics' 12-inch series in the 90s) as well as Tom Middleton's 'The Trip' compilation. The Extended and 2023 mixes delivered here stick pretty faithfully to the space-y, sensual groove of the original, leaving it up to everyone's favourite moustachioed Parisian to get busy with the echo box and other FX on his Remix before stripping things right back on his Spacer Dub. A must, whichever rub you plump for.
Brooklyn-based five-piece 79.5, headed up by singer, songwriter and bandleader Kate Mattison, released their debut long-player 'Predictions' on Big Crown Records in 2018 and now, five years on, they follow it up with their self-titled sophomore outing on Razor-N-Tape. '79.5' opens with the sax-sporting late-night dancefloor groover 'Club Level', but after that the tempo seldom goes much beyond walking pace, making this an album that's probably best suited to post-club listening, with one slow jam after another bringing hints of R&B, smooth jazz and bittersweet Adult Oriented Pop, and with an 80s-sounding sax line never far away. It'll be too polite for some - the sweary 'B.D.F.Q' notwithstanding - but you just KNOW babies will be made to this...
Kiwi producer Darren Clark made his debut on the New Jersey-based Omi Tutu imprint but has since worked mostly with New Zealand labels Grass Green and Them On The Hill, and here he returns to the former with a three-track EP that opens with the slightly atypical 'Brother', a slice of dusty, midtempo Balearic soul. But we're back on more familiar ground with the uptempo and exuberant 'Enchantment' and its classic 70s disco stylings, before the EP's completed by 'Late Nite Lovin', a suitably sultry and unhurried end-of-night smoocher with a vocal redolent of the Walrus Of Love himself.
Earlier in the year, Good Vibrations music founder Sean McCabe offered up his interpretations of tracks from Blak Beatniks main man Harold Matthews Jr's excellent debut album, 'Peripheral Visions'. For this second selection of 'Re-visions', McCabe has assembled a crack team of remixers. Rising star Piers Kirwan steps up first to rework 'Into You', placing the spoken and sung vocals above a dreamy and sun-soaked fusion of deep house and broken beat. Wipe The Needle fuse bruk and jazz-funk sounds on their excitable take on 'Love And Hate', before Haze City delivers a genuinely atmospheric and ultra-deep interpretation of 'Deep Into My Sleep'. To round things off, we're treated to an instrumental version of Kirwan's superb, EP-opening 'Into You' remix.
The Allergies have been, without a doubt, one of the most consistent outfits within the funk and breaks crossover space, with this new thirteen-track collection being a fabulous testament to both their consistency and creativity over the past few years. From the rave-ready horn toots of 'Mash Up The Sound' to the old school sampling flavour of 'Sometimes I Wonder', we see The Allergies unleash a full spectrum of what they can offer, alongside a host of collaborative guests including: Andy Cooper, Bootie Brown, Marietta Smith and more. Our highlights for this full project include the vibrant horn displays and steady drum builds of 'Hypnotise', along with the slow rolling bass swings of 'Treat You Right'. Lovely stuff!
Based in Berlin, Voodoocuts describes his music as "his own vision of modern club grooves, fusing funk, jazzy cuts and tropical rhythms". In this instance, that means serving up five Latin/tropical-infused numbers built for happy times in sunny climes. The title tells us these are reworkings of vintage cuts but we'll have to give the sample-spotting a miss: suffice to say there's some fine funk bass and boogaloo Hammond action on 'La Culebra' and 'Linda Negra' has a mojito-drenched sexy sway, while the frantic 'Que Rico' is the one to reach for when you want to give the dancers a seriously sweaty workout.