Review: Eddie C and his Seven Inches of Love buddy Koosh present the second release on the newly formed Common Edits label. Borne out of the intimate Edmonton club night called The Common, this second drop gets off to a suitably sultry start via Koosh's take on the Diana Ross classic "Love Hangover". Focusing mostly on portion of the track that has Ross grunting like she's on heat, this is a re-edit that's gonna get a few people in the mood. On the flip Eddie C drops "Got To Find", a delightfully wavy soul gem characterised by intermittent swathes of emotive synth washes
El Molito - "Can't You See I'm Having A Rough Time"
Cristobal & Koosh - "Secret Rendezvous"
Review: There's only one single drawback on this release. As there is with the other Red Motorbike releases... Grooves as juicy and cosmic as these should be pressed to 12 for more sonic dynamism! This is such a small gripe, however, as these collectable 7"s are lovingly stamped in Hamburg by Red Motorbike boss Eddie C himself... And they sound amazing anyway. "Can't You See..." is a lolloping slinky slap-bass loop that's been processed to deadly hypnotic effect. "Secret Rendezvous", meanwhile, is more of the Nordic school of disco, sounding like Terje on a sleepy morning. On your bikes!
Review: How can you not fall completely head over heels with a heavily 70s boogie funk tune whose lyrics state 'I'm super drunk off your loving''! K Maxx is none other than multi instrumentalist and San Francisco resident Ken Hopkins, who's been steadily putting out music and producing since the mid 90s. This 45 is the second on the Sweater Funk label and "Supa Drunk" is saturated in the vibes of the golden era of boogie with a falsetto vocal, squelchy analogue sounds and a catchy melody to boot. On the flip the tempo is dropped for ''Love Is Comin' ''- a slow boogie jam awash with keyboard synth sounds and full vocal. Recommended.
Review: Multi-track re-edits, where producers utilize the instrumental and vocal parts found on studio master tapes, are all the rage right now. While the Rephlex crew and Joey Negro are the most famous exponents of the art, Galaxy Sound Co regular Kadena has previously proved to be rather adept at it, too. Here the little-known producer channels the spirit of original disco remixer Walter Gibbons, first to provide a lolloping, groove-based revision of Instant Funk's intergalactic Salsoul classic "I Got My Mind Made Up" (side A), and then to deliver a similarly minded take on First Choice's "Let No Man Put Asunder". Like its A-side companion, it's warmer, looser and predominantly instrumental, with judicious use of key vocal passages.
Review: The first release of 2017 from Phantom Island - a hyped label founded by Swiss pals Lexx, Kejeblos, Ron Shiller and Foster - comes courtesy of Kay Zee, a DJ/producer/musician who has long been active on the Zurich scene. "Barny" is something of a low-slung treat, where discordant post-punk sax parts, undulating organ solos and breathy vocal samples jostle for position above a stomping, glam-style triple-time groove. Were it not for the producer's extensive use of delay and fuzzy electronics, it could arguably be mistaken for a long-lost lounge-funk tune. On the B-side, label-mates Fuga Ronto (AKA Ron Shiller and Tobi Schweizer) re-invent the track as a quirky chunk of Balearic dub-funk complete with chiming melody lines and rubbery bass.
Review: Newcomer Finnian Langham aka Kayroy is catching ears and hearts on dancefloors from his hometown Melbourne, Australia and beyond. What began as a love of the disco era has grown to encompass everything from obscure deep cuts of 80's synthpop to trippy acid tinged techno. It all comes down to his love of a good tune, and the pursuit of a good boogie on Harlequin Fiasco - following up releases on Whiskey Disco and Sour Edits, the album comes courtesy of French label Hotfoot and is a spaced-out boogie down jam that made us fans from the first beat. We're also loving side B where Swiss duo In Flagranti explores the space between the beats on their trippy dub rendition.
There's Never Been (No One Like You) (short version) (4:26)
There's Never Been (No One Like You) (edit) (4:26)
Review: A stone cold cult classic from the West End vaults, Kenton Nix was one of New York's most prolific producers during the late 70s and throughout the 80s working his magic with the likes of Afrika Bambaataa, Teena Gardner and Gwen McCrae (among many others). On this rare 1980 solo 45" he teamed up with a young Bobby Youngblood to create an emphatic soul disco powerhouse that clear set the foundations for the wealth of big vocal proto house tracks that followed in its wake. Complete with both versions, this is a rare reissue and isn't likely to hang around for long...
Review: With their sumptuous grooves, attention to detail and relaxed soulfulness, the Common Edit releases have quickly become must-have items for those who seek re-edits crafted with a deft touch. Here, the Canadian label drops another tasty hand-stamped 7" featuring typically sensual reworks from friends of the family Khotin and Dane. "Jospehina's Groove", all low-key soft shuffle, winding synths and sensual strings, is particularly impressive, not least in its reverential approach to the source material. There's a little more of a cosmic flavour to the deep, woozy grooves of "Prince Video", whose space noises, lazy synth bass and tumbling guitars occasionally give way to sublime strings.
Review: Ever since joining forces on "Josephina's Groove" in 2014, Khotin & Dane have been one of the most consistent sources of pure sonic style on Common Edit. Naturally Common's eleventh dispatch is no exception. Dane takes the lead with an upbeat space jam that's peppered with elements of Italo and dub and a smooth cosmic sheen that's not dissimilar to Metro Area. "Rock Studio", meanwhile, takes us to much more soulful pastures with heavenly swooning harmonies and guitars so shiny they could make Pacqua blush. Not to be slept on.
Review: Elaine Kibaro is a French singer who grew up in Tunisia before enjoying a reasonably productive career in the late 70s and through the 80s. Emotional Rescue caught on to her fine contributions to the disco world via the Pour L'Amour collection, and now they offer up a pair of alternative cuts that add to the overall legacy of her career peak. "Fajrann" is a re-vocalled version of Kibaro's biggest hit "Aurore" sung in Arabic, speaking to her Tunisian roots, while "Ne Doute Pas" appears in its instrumental form for those who want the punchy Linn Drum beats and dazzling synth lines in all their glory.
Review: A 45 suiting the funky northern soul sound, re-reissued here on a great sounding Record Shack release. Both highly sought after versions of "What I Did In The Street" featured here: from the raw and original Gulfstream label version, backed with the smoother, disco release that came later. Originally released in 1978 as a B side to Betty Padgett's "Tonight Is The Night", King was a Florida based vocalist and this terrific song was her sole release.