Review: A BBE Record Store Day special: Kon's extended floor-focused twist on Kenny Mann & The Liquid Pleasure Band's street-beating narrative "Tin Top" first appeared on Kon & Amir's 2010 "Off Track Volume 3". Never before released on 12", BBE have added both parts of the original jam: part one's story is all about the party while part two remind us how mean the streets of Brooklyn were back in 77.
Review: From Kon's forthcoming compilation on BBE entitled Kon & The Gang, this 12? sampler features two cuts taken from the LP and an exclusive remix from Boston producer and mix engineer Caserta, namely "Timeless" (Caserta mix)" a tasty serving of super deep and low slung disco goodness. A more functional edit for DJ use follows on "Timeless" (remix - Caserta mix)". On the flip Truccy (better known as Compost's Rainer Truby and Corrado Bucci) present "Closer", a gorgeous slo-mo house jam with a rolling groove fetauring all the good stuff: swirling Rhodes keys, groovy congas and hypnotic vox.
Teddy Pendergrass - "The More I Get" (John M+M Get It All mix)
Candi Staton - "Young Hearts Run Free" (John M+M Run Run Run mix)
Loletta Holloway - "Dreamin" (John M+M Not My Man extended mix)
Inner Life - "Make It Last Forever" (feat Jocelyn Brown - John M+M original Forever 12' mix)
Review: The second vinyl sampler to accompany BBE's hook-up with disco legend John Morales is just as delicious as the first, with essential takes on classics from Teddy Pendergrass, Candi Staton, Loletta Holloway and Inner Life all worth investigating. If this isn't enough for you, be sure to check the comprehensive 18 track double CD compilation, also out this week.
Second Wind - "Free For All" (Serge Gamesbourg rework) (5:19)
Dreamflight - "Feel The Music" (Serge Gamesbourg rework) (6:16)
Royale - "I Want Your Body" (Serge Gamesbourg edit) (5:58)
Carrie Mims, Herb Lee & White River Junction - "I'm Gonna Get You (Meeow)" (original 7" version Spliced parts 1 & 2) (7:14)
Dreamflight - "Feel The Music" (original 7" version) (4:40)
The Christopher Michael Band - "You Make Me Happy" (Serge Gamesbourg Slight edit) (4:07)
Gypsy - "Keep It Comin' On" (Serge Gamesbourg edit) (3:41)
Review: Bostonian DJ, producer and crate digger Serge Gamesbourg has spent much of the last two years slavishly digging into the history of Massachusetts' little known underground disco scene. Here, over mixed and unmixed discs, he presents the results. Naturally, there's little you'll have heard before, and plenty of high-grade dancefloor fire, much of it re-edited or subtly reworked by Gamesbourg himself. Highlights include the fuzzy, lo-fi funk of Gypsy's "Keep It Comin' On", the turn-of-the-'80s, synth-laden disco-funk dazzle of Portable Patrol's "Cop Bop", the celebratory release of "Fire Funk" by Hypnotics and the smooth, blue-eyed soul shimmer of "Wait Until Dark" by The Chris Rhodes Band.
TB Funk - "Free Blow" (the dub version - G&D edit) (5:01)
Kenny Pierce - "Done Been" (5:13)
Those Good Intentions - "We Know How To Boogie" (6:50)
Sherman Hunter - "Dance To Freedom" (8:12)
Gospel Keepers - "Never Gonna Give You Up" (5:38)
Living Color - "Plastic People" (G&D edit) (4:57)
Roller Disco - "Stone Luv" (4:15)
Carol Meriwether - "Love Ain't Just (A Physical Thing)" (9:35)
William Barlak - "Ain't No Doubt About It" (3:42)
Review: The Grasso is greener in Bologna: home to two of the most well-connected collectors in Italy. Suppliers to the likes of Kenny Dope, Phil Asher and Dimitri, Gino and Federico have carved their crate craft to insane levels over the last 30+ years... As shown on this detailed, widescreen boogie, funk and disco collection for BBC. Splattering the vibrant collection with a handful of their own edits (TB Funk's salubrious struts on "Free Blow", fly-by boogie falsettos on Living Color's "Plastic People"), the Grasso bro's have put together a package that's eye-opening, enlightening and damn fine to party to. See you on the other side.
Clear - "Equal Love Opportunity" (feat Lee Edwards - Al Kent re-edit) (4:17)
Barbara Jean English - "If It Feels This Good" (3:49)
Genobia Jeter - "Things Got To Get Better" (4:54)
Emanuel Laskey - "I'd Rather Leave On My Feet" (full lenght disco version) (5:43)
Hazel Rambaransingh - "I Wanna Give You Everything" (Al Kent re-edit) (7:18)
Mary Mundy - "Love Is Gone" (Al Kent re-edit) (6:43)
Marva Hicks - "Looking Over My Shoulder" (3:38)
Old (M) Pressions - "Right On" (2:15)
Lee Edwards - "I Found Love" (2:49)
Symbol 8 - "Call Me" (3:02)
Joe Casey & Fresh Heir - "Let Me Hold You" (Al Kent re-edit) (6:57)
Perfect Touch - "Keep On Loving You" (Al Kent re-edit) (7:40)
Betty Everett - "Prophesy" (3:13)
Skip Mahoaney & The Casuals - "Running Away From Love" (Al Kent re-edit) (9:54)
Fresh Fruit - "A Song For You" (4:06)
Review: Aside from releasing his own tunes and edits on Million Dollar Disco, Al Kent also dabbles in the fine art of compiling for the BBE crew, and this time he's been picked to pull together cuts for the label's fourth outing of the Disco Love series. As you'd expect, this is choc-a-bloc with odd, hard-to-find B-sides from the late 70's through to the early 80's, and his own edits are the perfect thing for the DJ who own the originals, but who wishes them to be that lil' bit straighter and kick driven. The opener itself, an edit of Clear's larger-than-life "Equal Love Opportunity" is a bit special...what a tune, and look out for the rest; all killers here. Tip for the disco heads, for real!
Sandy Barber - "I Think I'll Do Some Stepping On My Own"
Bill Avery - "Disco Fever" (re-edit)
Spooky & Sue - "I've Got The Need"
Vessie Simmons - "I Can Make It On My Own"
Scarbrough - "Make Love To You"
The J's - "When Did You Stop"
Larry Brown - "Breaking Training" (parts 1 & 2)
Review: In recent years we've become accustomed to disco compilations appearing at a furious rate. While many of these compilations are undoubtedly worthy of attention, the volume of releases can sometimes be bewildering. This eight track selection from Al Kent, the second in his Disco Love series, ticks all the right boxes, however. Even by the highest crate digging standards, these tracks are pretty obscure; many won't have had much of an airing since their original release. Those into the rich, soulful side of disco - that brand of string-laden dancefloor material most associated with the Philadelphia International label and studio -will find much to enjoy. Perhaps the most noteworthy is Scarborough's delightfully sweet "Make Love To You", an epic of biblical proportions that lasts longer than most drunken one night stands. See also Valerie Simmons' super sweet "I Can't Make It On My Own" and the rousing orchestral manoeuvres of "I've Got The Need". This luxurious gatefold double album also comes replete with extensive track notes from compiler Al Kent.
Review: Pure Ghanaian gold, Disco Documentary: Full Of Funk was a rare private press released in 1979 never to be released again... Until now. Dusting off the long lost tapes with due care and attention, BBE have kindly reminded us that disco had much wider impact than the US and Europe. Nana Love's slightly nasal tones are instantly alluring, but it's the clam-tight musicianship that really bites. Big Bernard Edwards bass, shiny guitar twangs, extensive organ noodling and vibrant Afrofunk horns galore, this is a truly stunning document.
Saturday Night Special (Lost alternative mix) (3:20)
Belle Isle Daze (Lost alternative mix) (4:11)
Review: One of the most remarkable things about Saturday Night Special, the 1975 debut album by the Lyman Woodard Organisation, is how two musicians - accompanied by various sessions drummers - could make such a rich and layered set. It still impresses that Lyman Woodard and Ron English could create so many superbly evocative and cinematic jazz-fusion workouts almost on their own. The set has long been regarded as one of the best musical commentaries on a particularly low period in Detroit's post-industrial history, and many of the tracks are suitably poignant - even those clearly aimed at the dancefloor. Critically, this reissue deals with one of the major issues with original copies - their poor pressing - by stretching the same tracks over two slabs of wax, rather than one.
Barry White - "Never,Never Gonna Give Ya Up" (M&M Keep On Doin' It mix) (12:04)
Jean Carn - "Was That It Was" (M&M South Philly Groove mix) (12:29)
Teddy Pendergrass - "If You Know Like I Know" (M&M Teddy Knows Best mix) (13:51)
Sander Barber - "I Think I'll Do Some Stepping On My Own" (The M&M Stepping Out The Door mix) (9:21)
Review: John Morales and his M&M collaboration with Sergio Munzibai have helped pioneer the disco edit and dancefloor remix. The duo are known for adding touches of latin percussion to their extensions and Part-A of a two part retrospect sees Morales unveil some previously unreleased M&M material. The legendary melted chocolate vocals of "Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up" by Barry White get a simple and irresistible "Keep On Doin' It" touch up, while M&M save only the best vocals by pop and jazz singer Jean Carne in their "South Philly Groove" mix to "Was That What Is". The sweaty dance heat of Teddy Pendergrass' "If You Know Like I Know" receives some added length and extra loops in the appropriately titled "Teddy Knows Best" mix, while cut and pasted (literally) drum loops give Sander Barber's "I Think I'll Do Some Stepping On My Own" some dancefloor momentum with the "Stepping Out The Door" mix.
The Jones Girls - "You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else" (M&M I Don't Wannna Do It mix) (14:48)
Marvin Gaye - "I Want You" (M&M Breakdown beat mix) (8:27)
Review: Back when remixing meant cut tape - not Ableton - John Morales and (Sergio) Munzibai aka M&M were the Bronx's go to men. Morales wraps up his two-part edit homage to M&M's unreleased material with slight recalibration's to Teddy Pendergrass, Loleatta Holloway and The Jones Girls, capping off the series with a soft and percussive "Breakdown beat" mix to the soulful and bona-fide hum of Marvin Gaye's "I Want You". T-Pendergrass horns and heat get touched up in a "Yo'u Got What I Need" mix, while the gospel vocals and strings of Loleatta Holloway are extended for a longer disco player. M&M then give The Jones Girls an extended and instrumental work out in their "I Don't Wanna Do It" mix.
Cloud One - "Don't Let My Rainbow Pass Me By" (feat Margo Williams - club 12" mix) (4:40)
Jo.Boyer - "Isabelle & The Rain" (5:31)
Ramona Brooks - "I Don't Want You Back" (4:49)
Idris Muhammad - "Could Heaven Ever Be Like This" (8:35)
Omni - "Out Of My Hands" (feat Connee Draper) (6:14)
George Duke - "I Want You For Myself" (feat Lynn Davis) (6:22)
Alfredo De La Fé - "Hot To Trot" (6:27)
Universe City - "Can You Get Down" (5:48)
Bunny Mack - "Let Me Love You" (7:51)
The Brothers - "Under The Skin" (6:01)
Review: When Joey Negro and Sean P established the Disco Spectrum series of compilations back in 1999, few DJs were digging for disco. Almost two decades on, we're told that disco was the sound of summer 2017 (and the summer before that). The time is right, then, for this "best of", containing the finest cuts from the series' three previous volumes. This time round, the crate-digging duo has opted for a mixture of familiar favourites ("Spread Love", "Out Of My Hands (Love's Taking Over)", "Bourgie Bourgie", "Together Forever" etc.) and harder to find gems. These include Caribbean disco classic "Trinidad" by John Gibbs and the US Steel Orchestra, Blair's sumptuous "Nightlife" and Larry Levan's brilliant remix of Syreeta's synth-laden slammer "Can't Shake Your Love".
Review: When Osunlade first conceived and released Pyrography in 2011, it was meant to be the closing chapter of his house music journey. Of course, his attitude has changed since, but the album remains a fine statement from one of house music's most singular producers. This reissue from BBE puts the original set on vinyl for the first time, packaging it inside a brilliantly presented book featuring images, prayers, and information on the Yoruba culture that has long inspired the producer. Musically, the set expands on his usual spiritual house blueprint, fusing elements of jazz, broken beat and soul with influences as diverse as 80s talk box funk, hazy disco and 90s NY house. It remains one of Osunlade's finest works, so it's great to see it on wax at last.
Jimmy Ross - "First True Love Affair" (Andy Smith & Nick Halkes Reach Up re-edit) (6:37)
Sure Thing - "Holding You Tight" (extended DJ mix) (5:43)
Joanne Wilson - "Got To Have You" (Whiskey Barons re-edit) (6:15)
Neddy Smith - "Give It Up" (5:10)
T Connection - "Groove To Get Down" (4:10)
Jimmy Young - "Times Are Tight" (7:12)
World Premiere - "Share The Night" (7:17)
Jimmy Bo Horne - "Is It In" (5:23)
Tamiko Jones - "Let It Flow" (6:51)
Cloud 1 - "Patty Duke" (5:23)
Shot - "Main Thing" (feat Kim Marsh) (5:45)
Disco Dub Band - "For The Love Of Money" (4:10)
Review: In recent times, crate-digging hero Andy Smith has turned his attention to the world of disco and boogie, showcasing the depth of his collection as part of the Reach Up collective. It seems fitting, then, that his latest compilation - a triple-vinyl epic - should explore the disco and electrofunk gems lurking in his vast vault of records. There are a few well-known gems (Disco Dub Band, World Premiere, Freedom and Sure Thing's modern electrofunk anthem "Holding Me Tight", for starters), but far more overlooked or slept-on gems (Advance's boogie killer "Take Me To The Top" and Jimmy Bo Horne's "Is It In" being great examples). The collection also boasts a couple of tasty re-edits, including an unheard one by Smith and pal Nick Halkes of Jimmy Ross's Paradise Garage anthem "First True Love Affair".
Are & Be - "The Sound Of The Memory Of Many Living People" (6:27)
The Urban Cru - "Go" (Chez Damier classic mix) (5:58)
Manfredo Fest - "Arigo" (Volcov edit) (4:01)
TGB - "Do The Right Thing" (feat Patricia Shannon) (5:37)
Oneness Of Juju - "Turning On To Me" (6:21)
Hot Quisine - "Keep The Same Old Feeling" (5:18)
Shokazulu - "Part 4" (6:11)
Chanan Hanspal - "Footprints In The Sand" (Shannon Harris Urbancity reinterpretation) (9:15)
O'Donel Levy - "Sophisticated Disco" (Volcov edit) (7:23)
The Antilles - "Simon's Melody" (6:47)
Bembe Segue - "Sun On My Back" (3:40)
Review: In recent years, former broken beat and nu-jazz producer Volcov has become better known as a crate digger, record collector and re-editor. BBE has harnessed these skills for From The Archive, a compilation of - in the DJ/producer's own words - "music that I've discovered that I thought would be interesting to share". It's a typically deep, soulful and varied affair, beginning with the horizontal jazz-funk bliss of Are & Be before variously touching on jazzy, soft-focus U.S house (a superb Chez Damier rework of The Urban Cru), obscure boogie (TGB), crossover disco-funk (Hot Quisine), and floor-friendly broken beat (Shokazulu, Bembe Segue). Happily, the collection also contains a trio of previously unheard re-edits from the man himself.