Review: Slovenian space cadet Ichisan returns to the scene of the cosmic crime as he revisits select cuts from last year's superlative debut album Aperitiv. All equally velvet, "Hotel Jama" feels even more welcoming with its glistening strings, "Modri Tunel" is all about the deep dubby dynamics while "Kozmetika" while have you hot shoe shuffling quicker than you can say vibraphone. Finally "Terminal E" will fly you first class to wherever your head needs to be. Stunning, as always.
Review: The latest transmission from the luxuriant world of Smallville is a various artists collection that continues to weave elegiac tales via deep house means. Iron Curtis is up first with some plaintive acid in the form of "Daniel", which works pads and tender beats around the heartfelt squelch with grace. Moomin is a little more prominent in the beat department for "I Whisper A Prayer", while also feeding a hint of disco romance into a slow and simmering cut. Jacques Bon has his own acid tale to tell, and does so with a bigger nod to the jack but still keeping things respectable given the surroundings, leaving it to Rvds & Rau to happily float off on a buoyant throwdown in "Umbe Data", all positive chords and hopeful strings over a simple beat to show it's not all mournful in Hamburg.
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.
Review: Hawaiian legend Al Nobriga played a vital role in the island's club and chart scene throughout the '70s and early '80s before chasing his dreams to Nashville (and consequently shattering them). Long before the brutal crush of industry reality, he recorded several albums including They're Playing My Music in 1977 of which these two tracks come from: "My Last Disco Song" lives up to its title with it sturdy dancefloor hook and polished sense of funk while "Break Away" shows Al's softer side as we sail on yacht across positively Balearic shores.
The Truckin' Company - "Got The Feeling" (Massimo Berardi edit) (5:41)
Izk Eyes - "Ton Of Groove" (The Funk District re-edit) (6:30)
Review: Fledgling label Daje Funk is sure to turn heads with their second sizzling offering of edits, with Rome's Massimo Berardi and Mexico's The Funk District both stepping up to the buttons. Truckin' Company's "Got The Feeling" is a loopy and rolling funk gem that keeps the energy up as strings soar to the skies and a squelchy bassline keeps you locked. The Funk District takes care of the flip with a top tweak of Izk Eyes's "Ton Of Groove", which is an appropriate title: big brass sections to shake your booty, a buttery male vocal and busy guitar licks all drive it forward through big breaks and killer drops.
Review: Famed for their thrilling, dancefloor-friendly fusions of West African funk and disco, American electrofunk and post-punk pop, Ibibio Sound Machine is one of the most exciting and essential bands of recent times. It's for this reason that "Doko Mien", the Eno Williams fronted band's first album for two years, is so hotly anticipated. Happily, we can confirm that it's another stunning set, with Williams and company charging through a set of sizzling songs that wrap kaleidoscopic synths, rubbery bass, fiery horns and off-kilter funk-rock guitars around grooves that variously doff a cap to '80s electro, Italo-disco, jazz-funk, Tony Allen and thrusting, mind-altering mutant disco. In other words, it's another must-have collection of cuts from the London-based band.
Unity 4 Utopia (feat Mark De Clive-Lowe & Misumami) (5:29)
Outersoace Connection (feat Steve Spacek & Harvey Sutherland) (5:16)
The Heat (interlude) (3:01)
Smarter (feat Tableek & Misumami) (4:26)
Together (feat Colonel Red) (5:38)
Candy Yam (skit) (2:23)
Vibe On It (1:32)
Freek (feat Mista Monk) (2:51)
Some Space (feat Danielle Moore & Lay-Far) (5:45)
She Likes (feat Saucy Lady) (3:56)
Voyage (feat Kid Sublime) (3:10)
Soul Profit (feat Dave Aju) (3:45)
Rockin' Music (feat Recloose & Isaac Aesilli) (5:56)
Review: Jules Habib aka Inkswel touches down on Berlin's OYE label - the mythical shop's releasing wing - with an album of experimental soul and disco. In fact, we'd place this in the same category as many Stones Throw releases, meaning that it's pretty much genreless and absolutely sick. We start of with a heads-down, lighters out kinda jam with a slow tempo and a hip-hop vibe, and quickly move onto bumpier, synthier disco territories that simply make you wan to move. Across its nine tunes, we also hear shreds of the Detroit school of house, and the sort of cuts that Kyle Hall likes to pull out in his sets; all in all, it's just a great piece of dance music, and a diverse one at that!