Review: By now we should all know what to expect from the Tropical Disco Records collective: namely respectable floor-friendly re-edits underpinned by chunky house drums. Moodena handles the A-side, first tidying up and beefing up a disco-funk jam rich in life-affirming piano solos ("What Da Funk"), before reaching for the filter sweeps on the trumpet, trombone and saxophone-laden Brazilian disco flex of "The Horns". Over on side B, Sammy Deuce dons his hot pants for a cheery romp through string-laden disco-house territory ("Smack My Strings Up") before Sartorial rounds things off with his filter disco house edit on the infectious rolling, peak-time friendly romp that is "Little Love".
Review: Label heads Sartorial and Moodeena present the latest volume in the suitably summery Tropical Disco edits series, with the latter kicking things off with "Gil's Groove", a wonderfully positive revision of a Brazilian jazz-funk jam that underpins the original electric piano solos and sun-kissed instrumentation with spacey electronic flourishes and a head-nodding house groove. It's followed by a storming, sax-laden collaborative re-edit romp, as the scalpel-wielding duo gets to work on a familiar disco-funk smasher producing their version which features plenty of filter tricks and a rock solid rhythm track. On side B, Sartorial takes the spotlight, first delivering a soaring disco-house cut rich in swirling strings and funk-fired guitars ("6 Million"), before successfully tooling up a bouncy, head-in-the-clouds disco number ("Feel The Heat").
Sartorial & Simon Kennedy - "Got You The Floor" (6:54)
Sartorial - "Electric Lane" (5:58)
Review: At the time of writing, Britain is basking in what feels like its 79th consecutive day of baking hot sunshine. What could be better, then, than another dose of tropical disco reworks from Sartorial and Moodena's fast-rising Tropical Disco imprint? Certainly, we can see a few open-air parties going wild to the impeccable piano solos and George Benson style jazz guitars of Moodeena's gently housed-up opener "Strawberry Jam", while Sartorial's "Feel It" is an urgent, guitar-laden rework of a familiar disco-funk favourite that should get things going on recognition factor alone. On the flip, Sartorial and Simon Kennedy successfully play around with a Pleasure-esque, jazz-funk-meets-disco number ("Got You The Floor"), before Sartorial gets the filters out for a tops-off dance through jazzy disco territory ("Electric Lane").
Review: Tropical Disco main men Sartorial and Moodena return with a sixth volume in their ongoing Tropical Edits series. As always, there's much to enjoy, with the duo successfully beefing up and dubbing out some killer cuts in typical disco-house fashion. Sartorial handles the A-side, following the slowly rising orchestral disco grandiosity of "Just For You" with the fuzzy and distorted disco-funk bounce of "Sweet Music". Moodena provides the EP's most deliciously summery moment in the shape of the jazz guitar solos and twinkling pianos of jaunty jazz-funk/disco number "Jupiter Rising", before closing with the impressive "Boogie Monsta", a formidably fuzzy, rock-tinged fusion of bouncy beats, Fatback Band style horns and urgent boogie-woogie piano.
Review: Sartorial and Moodena's Tropical Disco imprint has become a go-to label for discerning house and disco lovers around the world to devour. On their label's 12th edition, main man Sartorial kicks things off with the thumping, Latin-inflected summer scorcher "Fat Freddy's Party", co-head Moodena takes charge of the second track, bringing a softer sound palette full of '80s energy, blessed keys, signature feisty horns and nifty filter sweeps on "No More Sushi". The enigmatic Phazed Groove takes over the B side with stylish night moves, dishing up a respectful edit of a timeless classic on "Sweet Talker" and some sultry deepness on the familiar deep house groove of "Sunshine".
Review: By now we should know what to expect from Tropical Records, namely beefed-up, house style re-edits of disco and boogie tracks that tend towards the hot, sticky and humid. Sartorial kicks things off this time round via the swirling, Latin style disco-bounce of "Warping" - all low-slung bass, new house beats, big orchestration and snaking sax solos - before Moodena straightens out and tools up a hybrid jazz-funk/disco jam that boasts some seriously exotic guitar solos and jammed-out electric piano parts. Simon Kennedy's contribution, "Back To Soul", is a bumpy and bouncy take on a fine disco soul classic, while Hotmood's "Everybody" is a sweaty, house style revision of a P-funk flavoured boogie number.
Review: London based Tropical Disco is run by Sartorial (Alex Sartori) and Moodena (Tim Burnett) and in a short time they have built up their project to be one of the go-to labels for quality repurposed disco, soul, funk and jazz. They're back on wax for this edition with 3 summer-ready cuts. Uplifting opener "Key Me Up" and sexy dancefloor explosion "Dumplings Over Flowers" which features a mad brass section take the A side while on the flip, they call upon Sould Out who gets properly lo-slung on the dirty late-night groove "Vamos Baby!" before the label heads come together to deliver the feel good, jazzy closer "Come Get It".
Review: London disco/funk/house label Tropical Disco returns, with their second edition of edits and disco remixes: courtesy of Cheshire's Simon Kennedy and London's Alex Sartori aka DJ Sartorial. They team up in tandem for a respectful remix of a right classic on "Can't Be Me": featuring the same familiar hook that J.B. Boogie used last year on Springbok. The rest of the way it's all about Sartorial - who flies solo for the remainder of the release; an edit of a classic Saint Tropez track as sampled by Moodymann on "Sunday Morning" and Black Booby more recently on "Know The Times". Finally, there's yet another golden oldie by a certain funk and disco group from the Bahamas entitled "At Midnight" and there's no guesses as to who that one's by.
Sartorial & Simon Kennedy - "Welcome To The Disco" (6:50)
Sartorial & Simon Kennedy - "Strange Feeling" (6:30)
Review: Since launching last autumn, the Tropical Disco edits label has served up some seriously hot and humid revisions. Like its predecessors, the imprint's third EP features re-edits by Cheshire man Simon Kennedy and London-based Alex Sartori (AKA DJ Sartorial). The standout cut is arguably joint effort "Welcome To The Disco", a gently housed-up revision of rush-inducing disco number rich in undulating string lines, Tony Montana style orchestration, bongo-heavy percussion breaks and the duo's own well-placed filters and echo effects. That said, there's much to set the pulse racing elsewhere across the EP, from the piano-rich heavy disco stomp of "Strange Feeling" to the rolling, low-slung brilliance of Sartorial solo edit "Shoot Me With Your Love".