Peter Croce - "Revival" (Jaco Matthews remix) (9:48)
Review: Peter Croce and Moonlighter's Rocksteady Disco have reeled in local up-and-comer Jaco Matthews for a sweltering four tracker in this next release. "Drums From Detroit" is the young producer's sophomore effort and features the looped-up polyrhythmic hypnotism of "Lesson One" followed by the smooth and evocative late night deepness of "Snacks". On the flip, label co-head Croce is on remix duties as he takes on Matthews' "Revival" using the same sense of rhythm explored on the A side through low slung dynamics topped with one life-affirming narrative.
Dimitri From Brooklyn - "Hooked On This Feelin’" (6:19)
Underdog Edits - "In Need Of That Phone" (7:12)
Arsenii - "Walter’s Afternoon" (5:25)
Joey Negro - "Let’s Get Ornery" (6:30)
Jacques Renault - "Said I Would" (6:30)
JKriv - "Lovin’ Lasers" (6:33)
Daniel T - "All Thai’d Up" (4:52)
Eli Escobar - "I Love Rochelle" (6:26)
Peter Croce - "Love, Peace, & Joy" (6:38)
Superprince - "Dependable" (edit) (6:56)
Review: To mark their 50th release, Brooklyn scalpel fiends Razor-N-Tape has put together a triple-pack of tried-and-tested reworks from some of the scene's heaviest hitters. It's as strong as you'd expect, with highlights including the heavyweight, delay-laden disco-funk brilliance of Dimitri From Brooklyn's "Hooked On This Feeling" (a dub disco revision of an old Frank Hooker jam by Dimitri From Paris), the Clavinet-driven, piano-laden peak-time hustle of Joey Negro's "Let's Get Ornery", the Clarinet and trumpet-sporting hedonism of Jacques Renault's emotive and heart-tugging "Said I Would" and the screaming, hands-aloft rush of Superprince's "Dependable". Fittingly, label co-fouder JKriv delivers one of the standouts, a rolling revision of an Italo-style, arpeggio-driven delight titled "Lovin' Lasers".
Review: Razor 'N' Tape's latest recruit is Peter Croce, a producer previously best known for his blends of deep house and Afro-house on Rocksteady Disco. This time round, he's in full-on re-edit mode, offering up a quartet of tried-and-tested reworks. Those searching for peak-time gold should check opener "Spirit Dance", where Croce teases out a celebratory moment of release by extended particularly percussive passages of a heavy disco gem. Elsewhere, "Proletariat Blues" is a slightly loopier but no less groovy rework of a string-laden disco gem, "Get Up & Boogie" plays around with a punchy and horn-heavy disco-funk anthem and "Made in China" is a pitched-down delight full of crunchy Clavinet lines, sharp horn stabs and mazy synth solos. Superior edits, all told.