Review: Digger and editor extraordinaire John Zahl returns with three more deep dug oddities from the disco cosmos. Early 80s stadium synth boogie with Italo stamped deep into the core and some fantastic horn stabs, "Show Me Luv" kickstarts the party all synths blazing. It's backed up by an Alexander O'Neal meets-D-Train smoocher "Oh Jaaaz" before "Let Me Treble" closes the show with a vibe that you could imagine Abba sounding like if they spent a day on the beach jamming on high doses of peyote. Divine.
Lenny Fontana, Tension - "A Place Called Heaven" (Joey Negro dub Groove) (6:58)
Jay Denes, Ada Dyer - "You Make Me Whole" (Joey Negro Rhodes dub) (5:17)
Julian Sanza - "To Love" (5:16)
Frankie Knuckles, Satoshi Tomiie, Andrea Mendez - "Bring Me Love" (Eventual dub) (6:56)
Review: Some serious no-nonsense house grooves for all true-school DJs to cop, dug out from the annals of club music history. Things kick off good and proper with Joey Negro's insanely powerful "Dub Groove" mix of Lenny Fontana's "A Place Called Heaven". Negro's on the buttons once again with the classic, pumping "Rhodes Dub" of "You Make Me Whole" by Jay Denes and Ada Dyer. On the flip, Julian Sanza drops the squelchy boogie inflected "To Love" before the record ends on a serious bang with the dream team of Frankie Knuckles, Satoshi Tomiie and Andrea Mendez's "Bring Me Love (Eventual Dub)". This is as actual house as actual house can get - the real deal, crystalised in four evergreen gems pressed on one handy record.
Review: Africa Seven's A7 edit series hits second base. Following the inaugural release from Stefano Ritteri comes JD Twitch with this almighty dancefloor suckerpunch; First up is the near-evangelistic disco boogie positivity of the 82-release "Kilowi Kilowi" from Italian / Gold Coast band M'Bamina which gets a subtle tighten and turn up from the Optimo merrymaker. Meanwhile on the B we're taken on a raw funk trip in Cameroonian cruise control as the gritty riffs and falsettos of Tala AM are celebrated in all their slinky glory before Twitch hammers up the mix with bulbous kicks and brazen rolling breakbeats. Sunnyside steamrollers; these have summer smashed all over them.
Review: South Carolina's John Zahl aka Jaz returns. He's said to be a DJ/Episcopal Priest from Charleston, South Carolina who digs deep, uncovering vinyl gems from the mid-80s with lots of drum machines and tons of fun weirdness - as heard on his many mixtapes on Soundcloud. Some of that material gets featured on this collection of edits here for P&F Recordings, who make a departure from original compositions in favour of these four beautiful downtempo edits by a modern day master of the craft. From the low slung boogie funk of "Dancing In The Sunshine", to the neon-lit '80s R'n'B of "Here We Go" and the slo-mo rock swagger of "Push Comes To Shove" - there's all you need right here!
Review: DJ Apt-One dons his hairiest mane for more roaring Lion edits. And this time he's brought company. Fresh from collaborating with Soul Clap, here we find him in fine funk fettle with two more precision dug obscurities: "Keep On Hangin' On" is classic loopy filtered disco house finesse while "Finally" takes us deep into electro boogie heaven. Supamomo Jay Airiness takes the B for two equally XL party-sized joints: "Funky Situation" is a total carnival of percussion and slapbass magic while "Two Of Us" is all about the bumper-busting disco funk. Divine.
Review: Fresh from the success of their first split 12" on Diggin' Deeper, Michael The Lion and Jay Airiness return to the imprint with more hot-to-trot, dancefloor-ready re-edits. It's the former who handles side A with the bouncy, percussion-laden disco-funk romp that is "Direction NYC" (all razor-sharp Chic style guitars riffs, booming slap bass and dense drums) before putting his stamp on a hazy, horn-heavy disco stepper that should be familiar to a few dusty-fingered diggers. Airiness, on the other hand, starts his side with the trading horn solos, fluttering flutes, jazz-funk tropes and busy slap-bass of "Jazzy Mind", before reaching for the stars via the celebratory disco release of "Disco Dance".
Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee - "Love Me Too" (5:28)
Will Buck & PRTMNTO - "I Need Your Love" (6:40)
Vagabundo Club Social - "Sonico Amor" (7:41)
Review: Perhaps we should think of Whiskey Disco's Small Batch series as their attempt at "artisan disco". Certainly, the re-edits on show should have a few hipsters - and plenty of disco DJs - stroking their hirsute chins in appreciation. Dubtribe Soundsystem's Sunshine Jones kicks things off with the mid-80s synth-pop-goes-acid-house brilliance of "Lovergirl", while regular collaborators Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee doff a cap to Sly & Robbie and Larry Levan on the dub disco vibes of "Love Me Too". Those after some high tempo jazz-funk-meets-disco-house thrills should check Will Buck and PRTMNTO's "I Need Your Love". As for Vagabundo Club Social's "Sonico Armor", it's a hazy, dub-flecked Balearic disco delight.
Review: Operating out of Saint Petersburg, Kito Jempere has been bringing a broad church of influences to bear on his vintage grooves for labels including Pleasure Unit, Bordello A Parigi, Bahnsteig 23 and many more. Now he's the latest to lend his touch to Duca Bianco's series of 7" edits, following strong entries from Cherrystones and Tom Bolas. A side cut, "FKA Lany," is a slow and bombastic jam with a boogie-tastic lead and oodles of swooning female vocals, while the flip tackles a Thomas Leer classic with lashings of Oriental mysticism. Both tracks should suit eclectic spinners with a taste for 80s production.
Review: Chicago batboy Jamie 3:26 is one of the few Windy City producers who is still waving his city's flag up high; alongside other house and techno artists like Hieroglyphic Being, they are defining the Chicago sound of today. This particular producer's style is suave and supremely sleek in its execution, a quality that is clearly audible from this second instalment of Basement Edits. The first, "Acid Whump" couldn't be from anywhere else and, although the UK also has a long tradition of heavy acid house, this particular tune sounds like it really is from the source of it all. "Bostitch Time", on the other hand, is more leftfield in all senses; there's a jazzy percussive beat pushing it forwards, but the track's sonic coating is filled with strange and wonderful synth sounds that render it something of a misnomer. Excellent cuts.
Review: Having appeared on Razor-N-Tape, Z Records and File Under Disco in recent years, NYC's Jkriv steps up to Peter Croce and Moonlighter's Rocksteady Disco with three precision-picked Latin-laced floor-heaters for three totally different shades of the night. Title track "Aguaxire" takes a Brazilian standard and whips it up in a vat of bubbling jazzy acid, "Ive Brussell" gives Jorge Ben a new suit and kick-ass chunky shoes while "Deep Cove View" takes the swooning soul of Tania Maria and loops it up with stuttering samplecraft. Genius.
Review: Following initial appearances on Bahnsteig 23, Jonny 5 returns on the Pleasure Wave label with more of that well-travelled, groovesome voodoo for all manner of sonic wayfarers. "Apocalypse" in particular is a stunning piece of tom-powered menace, but it's quickly offset by the bubbling cosmic delights of "Electronix". "Firedance" on the B-side channels some righteous 80s industrial and synth pop tropes to create it's own kind of drama, and then "Stardriver" finishes the EP off with some pulsing, noirish wave synths and gaseous atmospherics. With the styles shifting from track to track, Jonny 5 has once again done a sterling job of keeping his options open and keeping us locked expectantly into his delirious sound.
Body Language Pro (Sleazy McQueen & Cole Medina remix) (6:37)
Let Me Come Into Your Life (6:49)
The Lone Dancer (6:45)
Review: You could be forgiven for expecting this EP on excellent upfront house imprint Lovedancing to be more of a curveball. After all, The Juan MacLean isn't known for mainstream posturing. It certainly comes with stacks of character and a clear intention to be heard. Bold, commanding and aimed squarely at feet, if mind-meltingly looped pumpers are your thing consider this an early Christmas. All four tracks are built from repetitive hooks, the most inescapable- 'Let Me Come Into Your Life'- will satisfy fans of Mr G's softer side, while 'The Lone Dancer' is destined for sun-drenched terrace bar systems. 'Body Language Pro', meanwhile, has more than a few nods to the French house heydays, with Sleazy McQueen and Cole Medina developing those elements into a beast that's slower to build in but guaranteed to work up a sweat.
Review: Buttery bits of 'honey-house' with love on offer once again from the Honey Butter camp, following up a great last one by Swales. This time around, the Amsterdam/Malmo joint venture presents an EP by Frenchman Jehan (About Disco/Star Creature). There's lots to enjoy on this EP - highlights include the slo-mo disco for late night lovers on "Sugar Riderz" or "Pop Corn", and the smokin' hot grooves of the lo slung variety on "Sucre Sale" or "Jambalaya Avenue" - the latter in particular will really lock you in and is well funky!
The Soup Dragons - "I'm Free" (Yam Who? & Alan Dixon remix) (7:26)
Jack Tennis - "The Light" (5:59)
Alan Dixon - "Got To Be" (6:19)
Review: This essential EP gathers together some of the highlights from "Take It To Church", a digital-only compilation from the Showfa packed with gospel-fired dancefloor treats. We're particularly enjoying Yam Who? and Alan Dixon's fantastic new rub of The Soup Dragons "I'm Free", which re-casts the track as a righteous, sing-along friendly slab of peak-time gospel disco bliss. Elsewhere, Le Visiteur does a great job extending percussion breaks and slowly ratcheting up energy levels on superb gospel disco re-edit "Let The Sunshine", Alan Dixon's "Got To Be" is a breezy chunk of gospel-house/disco fusion and Jack Tennis' "The Light" is a filter-sporting slab of piano-rich sweetness that should put smiles on plenty of faces before the year is out.
The Silver Rider - "I Need U" (Osmose retouch) (5:56)
JP Source - "Justa Second" (6:41)
Hristo - "Love Me" (5:07)
Review: More Beatdown business from vinyl-only warriors Smokecloud. Osmose steps forward with the first half; "Help Me DISCOver" is a sample-savvy filtered enlightener while his edit of the Silver Rider goes for a much heavier, floor-pounding sense of insistency. Flip for twists from JP Source and Hristo. The former gets busy on a densely textured and tightly plucked guitar line while the latter takes us right down into sleazy town with an Isaac Hayes level of gravelly vocals and a sweaty guitar and organ pumped groove.
Review: As with its' 12 predecessors, the latest compilation style EP from publicity-shy French diggers Unlimited Love gathers together an impressive selection of sought-after gems. This time round, many of the cuts are taken from eye-wateringly expensive and hard-to-find private press records. Check, for example, the fizzing 1982 boogie of Jeancy's "Reservation", the sweet breeziness of Karizma's "Will You Dance With Me" (an original 7" copy of which would set you back around L300) and the skewed, orchestra-smothered quirkiness of Marion Javius's "Waiting in the Wings". Elsewhere, Makonde's "Manzara" is a heavy chunk of psychedelic-minded Afro-funk, while Neo Experience's sumptuous "Human" is a lesser-known chunk of Philly soul bliss.
Review: Jennifer Cardini's Correspondant has firmly established itself as an 'it' label within the current indie dance scene with its eclectic grooves that span punk funk, industrial/EBM throwbacks and even a bit of melodic tech house for good measure. For its fifth compilation, the Cologne based label serves up some current scene favourites in the form of Romanian duo Khidja and their groovy and tripped out slow burner "Gelatine" and Jakarta's finest Jonathan Kusuma: who is in top form as always on the lo-slung baleraic number "Motor Melodies". On the flip, German duo Marvin & Guy take you on a cosmic styled trip on "Juba Dance" while Kempes: the new brainchild of Danny Passarella and Tom Wegg-Prosser channel their best impressions of greats such as Giorgio Moroder or Bobby Orlando on "Sentimental Idiot".
Review: Ms Cardini presents four more fabulous excursions in indie dance music, courtesy of her always reliable house of Correspondant. Following up the first volume which had some highly valued contributions courtesy of Khidja and Jonathan Kusuma, the second edition features hot Tel Aviv duo Red Axes with the dark disco odyssey of "Earth Core" and Fort Romeau's surprising appearance on the A side. The flip showcases the fresh sound of Colli Alban firstly. His track "Walking In The Night" is a real highlight, where he serves up some darkwave slo-mo trance. Finally label staple Javi Redondo impresses as always on the dreamy and hypnotising groove of "Heroin" channelling the majestic vibe of fellow Cologne label Kompakt.
Review: Stone cold edit gold from the man like Danny Krivit. Tagged up with Joey Madonia, the pair deliver two blisteringly soulful versions. "Give It Up" hits us smack dab in the heart with its gutsy instrumentation, floating harmonies and raw sense of funk. Meanwhile on the flip Joey switches up "Please Come Home" with a very neat instrumental transformation that retains the big backing vocals. Don't sleep on this.
Review: Love Circle returns for a second release, digging deep into the misty past of golden era disco and finding rare gold for the reissue market to rejoice at. This time it's the work of Barry Blue and two projects he produced in the early 80s, lovingly re-edited for maximum dancefloor pleasure by Velvet Season & The Hearts Of Gold (aka gerry Rooney and Joel Martin). First up is surefire party starter "Breakin In" by Javaroo, and on the flip it's low down seduction workout "Love The Way You Love Me" by Marti Cane getting a fresh airing for all vintage-minded dancers and DJs.
Review: Those who remember the first wave of funk breaks mash-ups and floor-filling hip-hop cut-ups in the late 1990s should be aware of J-Large; the mysterious DJ/producer has been remixing and reworking tracks (most notably by the Herbaliser) on and off ever since. His latest 7" escapade is suitably sizable, with A-side "Get Your Own" fusing Christina Aguilera's best-known vocal with loops and grooves lifted from a certain horn-toting jazz disco-funk classic. On the flip you'll find "J Zimbra", a bustling and floor-friendly tool-up of heavyweight Afro-funk slammer from 1979. As you'd expect, both are guaranteed to get the party started... and then some.
Review: The UK's Kat is back with yet more tasteful edits of forgotten gems. From disco to house, folk to funk and balearic nuggets: these guys know the score. This time around it's over to New York City's Jason Kriveloff aka Jkriv, who works that magic razor once again on these wonderful re-edits. On the A side we've got Red Sharon (see what he did there?) with "Handle It" (JKriv RNT dub) which takes a right diggers delight into sultry, late night territory and sure to burn up any dancefloor. On the flip is Marashal (oh come on already!) with "Socket Rockin". No guesses what's going on here but just for the record: it is one funky and soul filled celebration and most of all, a respectful edit.
The O'Jays - "This Time Baby" (A Tom Moulton mix) (9:52)
The Futures - "Party Time Man" (A Tom Moulton mix) (9:10)
Jean Carn - "My Love Don't Come Easy" (A Tom Moulton mix) (10:46)
The Jones Girls - "Nights Over Egypt" (A Tom Moulton mix) (9:09)
Review: Philadelphia International Records continues to dip into its bulging archives and offer up double-packs containing some of the finest 1970s remixes from remix pioneer Tom Moulton. As you'd expect, there's plenty to get the juices flowing and the heart pounding on this third volume in the series. Record one opens up with Moulton's epic version of the O'Jays' "This Time Baby", a swirling Philly Soul classic that later became a favourite of sample-loving disco-house producers and disco re-editors, and continues with his sugary but floor-friendly version of the Futures' "Party Time Man". Over on record two, Moulton's inspired extension of Jean Carn's seductive "Love Don't Come Easy" is followed by his must-have version of the Jones Girls' "Nights Over Egypt".
Review: Barefoot Beats is a series of EPs released on Mareh Music, a record label based in Sao Paulo whose people are also the curators of the Mareh music festival in Boipeba - a remote island in Bahia. For their label's ninth edition, Rio de Janeiro's Joutro Mundo (Midnight Riot/Outra) delivers an edit of a lovely neon-lit boogie down number on "Revele", while on the flip the man from New York City Jkriv (Razor-N-Tape) gets a deep, soulful and life-affirming number into the mix with "Povo De Zambi".
Review: Bobby Pleasure's Needs label has been launched as a not-for-profit concern aimed at raising money for worthy causes, and on this second instalment they're setting their sights on British homelessness charity Crisis. They've called upon a cracking cast of deep house operators to help donate their jams to the cause, kicking off with Tilman's infectious, looped up heavy-grooving "Without Your Love". Jonny Rock takes a boogie-inflected, 80s approach on the aptly titled "Oldschool Funk Edit", while Lucky Charmz heads into swooning edit territory on the beautiful "Sun Mountain". Pletnev rounds the record out in fine style with a tripped out bongo roller in the shape of "Babunde'.