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 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".