Review: Diesel and Dave Jarvis' Moton series launched back in 1996, and - alongside imprints from the Idjut Boys, Harvey and others - was instrumental in shaping the leftfield disco/Balearic re-edit scene. It's still going strong, of course, dropping new edits of essential oddities, but here Diesel and Jarvis look back, offering a tweaked CD re-issue of the previously vinyl-only 1999 compilation Moton Long Play Volume 1. Highlights are naturally plentiful, from the dubbed-out, slightly housed up tweak of Billy Paul's "East" and stripped back take on Sugar Daddy's "Bites The Dust" (yep, a version of the Queen fave), to the drum solo madness of Mahavishnu Orchestra's "Vital Transmission".
Review: UK re-edit label Moton Inc. present more late night boogie down antics the way the man upstairs intended and courtesy of two undisputed experts. The first is Greg Belson: a veteran known as the 'go to authoritarian for gospel soul music', compiler of the Divine Disco series and host of the Divine Chord Gospel Show on LA's dublab.com. He teams up with Paulo Fulci: a DJ and producer out of Bristol who some of you may know from his work as part of the Situation edit crew. Some crafty resplices on offer here: the A side features the funky and lo-slung life affirmer "The Problem Solver, while on the flip there's an uplifting dose of classic disco on "Brand New Feelin'" and some good ol' fashioned soul power as heard on "Try Love".
Review: Red Greg, on Moton, delivers a trio of edits of obscure cuts from his seemingly endless record collection. Ten-minute A-side "Movin" is an undulating disco treat built around a killer bassline, twinkling melodies, punchy orchestration and one hell of a female vocal. On the flip you'll find the jaunty, horn-heavy disco-funk bump of "Desire", a superb rework of a barely known, bilingual gem, and the spiraling Caribbean disco-funk insanity that is peak-time workout/synthesizer wig-out "Trinidad Duke". All three edits have been "secret weapons" for the dusty-fingered DJ for some time, and can now be yours for less than nine English pounds. What's not to like?
Review: London's longest-running re-edit imprint returns to action, and fittingly it's label co-founder Diesel at the controls (albeit with fellow founder and old pal Dave Jarvis adding input via an "Executive Producer" role). A-side "US Lover" is simply superb: a blue-eyed, turn-of-the-80s AOR disco gem laden with heady horns, squelchy synth bass, swirling strings and heady harmonica solos. The Balearic disco fun continues on the flip, where the bleep-laden bluesy disco number "Hysteric Glamour" comes accompanied by the sunny, synth-laden instrumental disco oddity that is "Marabou". Deep cuts, subtly tweaked for extended dancefloor pressure: what more could any disco lover desire?