Review: REPRESS ALERT: Having previously contributed to the Ruf Kutz series, Manchester-based editor extraordinaire Andi Hanley lands on Magic Wand with some off-grid treatments seriously worthy of your attention. First up on the A side is "Tied Up (Hanners edit)," which locks into a snaking, submerged and deliciously tense Afro work out for show-stopping dancefloor drama. "Happy Together" is much smoother by comparison, all laid back island boogie with cheery synth strings and ample bass sleaze to keep you warm at night. "Lucky Number" is a peppier 70s flavoured strutter that teases its ingredients out over a sustained set of riffs.
Review: Get ready for another heavy dose of disco goodness from Magic Wand, comprising of choice edits and re-rubs from a cast of devout diggers who know how to dust off and spruce up obscure and widely adored party tackle of all persuasions. Craig Bratley's re-fix of breezy funker "Make Time For Love" pops the roof down to bask in early evening sunshine, while Kacper Kapsa's edit of Lazy Ligers' "Pinball Dreams" nudges the spaced out Balearic aesthetic into decidedly trippy territory. 1-800 COOLGUY's edit of "Jungleboy" is a pert and punchy slice of maximalist synth pop, and Mursia's rework of "Una Splendida Giormata" by Bella gets choppy with the piano samples in fine style, aimed squarely at peak season on the Adriatic coast.
Review: Magic Wand is a label you can count on to deliver the disco edits and original productions you never knew you needed, calling on a strong cast of remixers and editors with the knowledge they offer up truly fresh propositions for your party delectation. JC Salinas has been previously clocked on Is It Balearic? and now steps up with a summery slice of island boogie from an undisclosed geographical location. Salso Picante's "Gotham" is a motorik beast of a track with plenty of 80s stylings and funk where it counts, while 1-800 COOLGUY gets into "Teaser" and rewards the faithful listener with a huge sound and splashed with colour and hair spray. The Rare Cuts edit of "Think Like A Lover" closes this excellent slab of wax out with a smooth, seductive roller for those more tender moments.
Review: Bathing in the soul-affirming wonder of the 70s and 80s, the Magic Wand posse know exactly what they're after in a groove, and here they turn to regular contributor Coyote to get busy with the razor and re-align some dusty old gems. "Simple Man" is prime high-waist funk with just a few light touches to keep the shuffle and swagger going for longer, while "Daylight" instead finds itself drifting on a slow and serene concoction. "Africa Africa" is a more aggressive affair, piling the drums on hard and maximising on a tribal vocal turn without much of a melody for relief. "Slowly Grail" gets reworked by Groove Me, pumping over an arpeggio with all the desire and longing of the best endless disco tracks.
Review: Dropping in the same week as the latest plate on parent label Is It Balearic, the seventh round of Magic Wand Edits arrives brandishing a quartet of choppers delights from Messrs Coyote, Al Gobi, Last Waltz and The Two Mamarrachos. It's the latter Spanish pair that open proceedings with a wonderfully laid back take on America's "Muskrat Love" adding some substance to the beat for the appreciation of contemporary discotheque DJS. This one's been racking up Soundcloud plays for two years now so props to Magic Wand for scooping it up. Coyote are in fine form on "Mamy" whilst recent Disco Bloodbather and Ibiza denizen Al Gobi demonstrates his capacity for the slower approach with the excellent Gordon Lightfoot revision - touch of the Terje RVNG of The NRDs on this one. Tusk Wax's Tyneside correspondents Last Waltz opt for the Eddie C approach with equally good results of the delay heavy tweaker "Really". Solid Disco for the Disco.
Review: Beards at the ready for the third round of the much played and discussed Magic Wand series from the people who brought you Is It Balearic? Frenchman DJ Steef ruled the inaugural release with his killer Black Sabbath edit and he's back to open proceedings here with the delightfully slippery Gallic disco of "Triolisme". Alongside this Coyote drop the first of two contributions in the shape of "A Little Time" which fans of Eighties power ballads from transatlantic groups will be more than familiar. Equally, you'd have to have a poor grasp of popular music to not spot the source for "Outstanding"!
Review: Is It Balearic..? side label Magic Wand return for an eighth installment here with founders Coyote present and correct and complimented by productions from Magellanic Cloud & Oyama. It's Coyote that commence proceedings with the hazy eyed disco loopery of "Hanging" which sounds like a glorious Love Unlimited Orchestra moment unfurled into infinity. "In Your Wildest Dreams" finds Magellanic Cloud in a more horizontal mood, with a gently throbbing undercurrent adding a hint of darkness. The uncredited "We Love Japan Brother Ninjas" is possibly the highlight here, sitting somewhere between heavily dubbed disco and proto house, whilst the Oyama edit of "Dreams" will appeal to fans of Torn Hawk's plaintive guitar noodlings.
Review: The ever-spotless edit bastions Magic Wand continue their great work with another quad of stunning Balearically-minded versions. Each one of them will stir a soul at forty paces with notable highlights coming from Coyote's stunning sun-kissed take on Toto's classic "Rosanna" and the track "Be Balearic" which takes the J Dilla and Common record "It's Your World" and twists the focus on to Common's dad's Gil Scott Heron-style spoken word soliloquy. Beautiful.
Review: Magic Wand have been offering up the finest disco edit wares since 2010, and they hit their twelfth release with yet more tempo and era spanning delights from forgotten corners. Mushrooms Project lay the warbling French space synth tones on heavy for their edit of "Capeesco Mina", while Coyote gets into an utterly blissful mindset on the gentle swaying acoustic funk of "Sevilla 9". The Two Mamarrachos get the soul stirring on their heartfelt treatment of "Buenos Sencillos", and then the most overtly clubby moment comes in at the 11th hour from Stupid Human with the urgent throb of "La Grenouille".
Craig Peyton - "Be Thankful For What You Got" (Rune Lindbaek edit) (7:31)
Angel Tears - "Ishka" (Rune Lindbaek edit) (5:20)
Review: Is It Balearic? sister label Magic Wand can do no wrong with its long-standing series of cult re-edits. The "Special Editions" branch makes its first move of the year with this smokin' hot clutch of nudged up heaters edited by Rune Lindbaek, leading in with a steamy, dreamy version of Lowrell Simons' "Love Message". Lindbaek also tackles "Hologramas" by Frederico Estevez, simmering the track down to a purposeful, immersive drum roll embellished with nothing but some fluttering flute. His take on Craig Peyton's "Be Thankful For What You Got" is all thrumming arps underpinning a cool and deadly synth pop take on the classic soul jam. The final edit sees Lindbaek riding roughshod on Angel Tears' "Ishka", creating a high drama groover shot through with Eastern mysticism.
Review: REPRESS ALERT: Psychemagik's Danny McLewin has been quietly cooking up some choice edits under the Skyrager alias lately, and here he is launching a new label Magic Wand Special Editions with four finely thought-out groovers for those who like their Balearic business smooth and silky. There's a hefty dose of soul pouring out of these cuts, leading in with the synth-tastic sweep of "Dream Merchant" before "Hawaiian Love Song" slides in with some seductive Rhodes licks and romantic vocals. "Magik Mountain" is blue-eyed boogie of the highest calibre, and "Yeah Yeah Yeah" edges a little understated disco into the mix for long, balmy nights dancing under the moon with your beloved.