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Juno Recommends Disco April 2019

Juno Recommends Disco

Juno Recommends Disco

Juno Recommends Disco April 2019
7 May 2019
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Cat: MDDLTD12 01. Rel: 22 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Pick Me Up (Say Goodbye)
Review: It's been a hot minute since Al Kent dropped some of his sweet and soulful dancefloor instinct on us, but he's back in style on his reanimated Million Dollar Disco label. "Pick Me Up (Say Goodbye)" takes Gladys Knight & The Pips' tender "Neither One Of Us (Wants To Say Goodbye)" and gives it a supremely pitched dancefloor injection. Upping the tempo and rolling out an organic disco beat, Knight's vocal gets a whole new backdrop without losing the emotional heft of the track. A truly heart-melting cut for that sentimental, cut loose, late end of the party.
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out of stock $9.71
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Cat: BST X055. Rel: 15 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. I'm Dreaming (original vocal version)
  2. I'm Dreaming (instrumental version)
Review: South African musician John Kongos has an illustrious career that has tripped through chart topping material and soundtracks alike. In 1981 he released "I'm Dreaming" as a limited 7", and now Best have dug out this curious gem and given it a proper 12" reissue treatment. The track is a real head turner, leaping from expressive string chops to Italo thrum to create a dynamic, distinctive disco burner that will have switched on heads clamouring for an ID. The vocal version is on point, but the track has enough riches in its composition to make the instrumental take on the flip just as powerful for your record bag.
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out of stock $15.66
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Cat: DISCOHAMAM 05. Rel: 15 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Beard In Dust - "At The Dawn"
  2. Tales Of Voodoo - "Sharky"
  3. Esen Gunduz - "Deve Gucu"
Review: When it comes to exotic, off-kilter edits, you'll struggle to find a stronger series than Jonny Rock's Disco Hamam. This fifth volume is every bit as essential as its predecessors. Beards In Dust claims the A-side with "At The Dawn", a tidy revision of a druggy and "chuggy" version of a blue-eyed psychedelic funk-rock roller that comes complete with some serious sing-along sections. The heady world of Turkish music - a constant source of inspiration at the Disco Hamam HQ - comes to the fore on the B-side. Tales Of Voodoo's "Sharky" is a deliciously percussive, dancefloor-friendly fusion of Middle Eastern exoticism, funk-rock guitars and heavy disco percussion, while Esen Gunduz's "Deve Gucu" is an even sweatier, Italo Disco-era stomper that sounds like something you'd have heard in Istanbul clubs circa 1985.
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out of stock $13.78
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Cat: ED 026. Rel: 18 Nov 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. The Need Inside (6:18)
  2. Dat Funk (4:58)
  3. Lemonade (3:54)
  4. Layover Blues (6:24)
  5. Layover Blues (Nebraska remix) (5:50)
Review: Given their contributions to the label over the years, it's perhaps fitting that Editorial's special Record Store Day release comes from experienced re-editors and bespoke mash-up merchants Ed Wizard and Disco Double Dee. There's plenty of floor-friendly fire to be found lurking on the EP, from the pumped-up, electrofunk-era disco-funk bounce of "The Need Inside", to the solo-laden funk shuffle of sax-laden groover "Dat Funk" and hip-hop tempo heaviness of "Lemonade", whose dusty breakbeats will delight hip-hop DJs. The undoubted highlight, though, is the organ-sporting peak-time chug of "Layover Blues", which is also given a dazzling, funk-fuelled house makeover by sometime Mr Saturday Night label contributor Nebraska.
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 in stock $10.80
5
Cat: KALITA LP003. Rel: 29 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Why Are You So Cold? (4:23)
  2. Sending All My Love Out (4:33)
  3. Nosey Neighbours (4:49)
  4. Raw Deal Cocaine Kills (3:25)
  5. If You Need Me Call Me (6:41)
  6. Sound Track (3:01)
  7. Sending All My Love Out (demo version) (4:31)
  8. Raw Deal Cocaine Kills (Prelude) (2:21)
Review: Kalita's obligatory Record Store Day offering is something rather special: synth-funk visionary couple Emerson and Leora Sandidge's mythical unreleased album finally sees the light of day, following Emerson's sole private press seven-inch single release way back in 1988. Those two tunes ("Sending All My Love Out" and "Why Are You So Cold?") make the cut on this belated debut set, alongside six other previously unreleased recordings from the same sessions. Their take on electrofunk, boogie and '80s soul is colourful, soulful and synth-heavy, with the included tracks veering from up-tempo club workouts (see "Raw Deal Cocaine Kills") and fizzing dancefloor pop workouts, to sugary ballads and seductive slow jams. In other words, it's a more than tidy selection of rare and unheard gems.
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 in stock $19.43
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Cat: BST X056. Rel: 15 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Incantations
  2. Incantations (instrumental)
Review: G.A.N.G. was a short-lived studio project from Giorgio Giordano, Giorgio Dolce and Roberto Zanetti (Savage). In 1983 they released "Incantations", a plush cosmic disco burner that rides a slow tempo but hits heavy with its rich layers of synth and slick guitar licks. Best are giving it a fresh airing with this on-point reissue, bringing the chugging bass arps back into the fold of a sympathetic scene that celebrates just this kind of evocative, sensual slow-mo party fodder. The original mix elevates in the second half with a soaring vocal from Stefania Dal Pino, but if that doesn't appeal there's a purely instrumental take on the B side that focuses purely on the groove.
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out of stock $15.66
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Cat: SWEATSV 003. Rel: 29 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Music In You (David Penn remix) (5:52)
  2. Encore (Mousse T remix) (5:44)
  3. Play (Superlover remix) (5:46)
  4. Body Funk (Carl Cox remix) (6:25)
Review: In honour of Record Store Day 2019, Sweat It Out has pressed up this vibrantly coloured 12" featuring reworks of tracks from Purple Disco Machine's 2017 debut album, "Soulmatic". It's a formidably floor-friendly affair all told. David Penn kicks things off with an unflinchingly heavy version of "Music In You" - all sweeping orchestral breakdowns, mesmerizing vocoder vocals, short piano loops and thunderous house beats - while funky house pioneer Mousse T offers up a suitably elastic and rubbery disco-house version of "Encore". Over on the flipside, Superlover goes all "French touch" on a Cassius/early Daft Punk style version of "Play" (itself a cover of Planet Patrol's electro-era classic "Play At Your Own Risk) before Carl Cox offers up a bouncy, electrofunk-meets-techno take on "Body Funk" that's propelled forwards by restless drum machine cowbells.
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  1. Shakala (8:39)
  2. Los Bareteros (6:02)
  3. El Cateter (5:38)
Review: Given their deep-rooted knowledge of the re-edit scene, it was probably only a matter of time before the Razor 'N' Tape crew turned their attention to Colombian scalpel fiends Felipe Gordon & Vagabundo Club Social. This outing on Aaron Dae and JKriv's imprint could well be the South Americans' finest work to date. We're particularly enjoying A-side "Shakala", a gently tooled-up and dubbed-out revision of a dusty, tropical disco-funk treat rich in Fela Kuti style Afrobeat grooves, rising horns and flanged guitar riffs. That said, we've also got a lot of love for the fiery horns, bustling rhythms and warm bass of "Los Bareteros" (a revision of a well known, boogaloo-era Afro-Latin jazz dancefloor classic), as well as the similarly minded - but altogether heavier - "El Cateter".
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9
  1. Cesaria Evora - "Nho" (Kerri Chandler mix) (5:41)
  2. Loverush - "Dancin" (DJ Spen & Karizma remix) (7:20)
  3. Vincent Inc - "Walking On The Disco Street" (7:24)
  4. Gerideau, Jose Burgos, Taka Boom - "Bring It Back To Love" (Joey Negro mix) (6:09)
Review: This tidy collection of deep house remixes brings together a whole host of heavyweight names with some sunkissed vibes to get the outdoor party season started early. Cesaria Evora's "Nho" gets the treatment from none other than the mighty Kerri Chandler, who gives the Latin vibes a subtle bump and some sumptuous strings. DJ Spen and Karizma take things more straight up as they tackle Loverush's "Dancin", rolling out a silky smooth deep house version. Vincent Inc's "Walking On The Disco Street" appears in its original, heavy-funking form, and then Joey Negro's mix of "Bring It Back To Love" pushes into the upper reaches of peppy disco house with pattering bongos and gorgeous Rhodes keys aplenty underneath the life affirming vocal.
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out of stock $9.18
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VARIOUS
Cat: STRUT 204LP. Rel: 29 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Yoko Ono - "Walking On Thin Ice" (re-edit) (7:19)
  2. Liquid Liquid - "Cavern" (5:22)
  3. Loose Joints - "Tell You (Today)" (vocal) (6:57)
  4. Ian Dury & The Seven Seas Players - "Spasticus Autisticus" (version) (6:57)
  5. Material - "Over & Over" (5:38)
  6. Was (Not Was) - "Wheel Me Out" (7:12)
  7. Dinosaur - "Kiss Me Again" (6:53)
  8. Don Cherry - "I Walk" (3:14)
  9. Common Sense - "Voices Inside My Head" (6:29)
  10. Nicky Siano - "Move" (5:45)
  11. Indian Ocean - "School Bell/Treehouse" (10:13)
out of stock $21.07
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  1. Lowrell Simons - "Love Message" (Rune Lindbaek edit) (6:39)
  2. Frederico Estevez - "Hologramas" (Rune Lindbaek edit) (5:24)
  3. Craig Peyton - "Be Thankful For What You Got" (Rune Lindbaek edit) (7:31)
  4. 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.
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out of stock $9.18
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Cat: SHAKE 005. Rel: 29 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Freak (8:35)
  2. Can't Take It (6:59)
Review: Dan Shake is on a one-man mission to keep the party vibrant and interesting without losing that all-important impulse to move. His buy on sight Shake label fires up once more with two fine-tuned heaters that have the peak of the night in their sights and a shot of pure disco coursing through their veins. "Freak" takes its cues from 80s electronic disco embellished with a little acid magic and some serious heft in the production department to create a strutting, sassy party monster. "Can't Take It" finds Shake in filter sweeping sample mode, taking a massive disco sample and strapping it to a rowdy, fist-pumping house undercarriage. This record is set to be huge this summer, no doubt about it.
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out of stock $9.18
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Cat: BAC 001. Rel: 22 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Goin' To See My Baby (6:03)
  2. Backstrokin' (5:58)
Review: First up on the freshly minted Bacalao imprint is Bosq, a Ubiquity Records contributor renowned for his blends of funk, soul and sweaty South American music. While the heavy horns featured on this release were recorded in Bogota, the producer's usual Colombian flavour takes a back seat as he joins forces with Kaleta to deliver two covers of Fatback Band classics. First up is "Goin' To See My Baby", which is re-imagined as a fuzzy funk workout rich in rasping horns, tropical guitar flourishes and woodblock-driven Latin disco percussion. Arguably even better is the duo's cover of "Backstrokin'", which is given a Barrio-funk flavour complete with prominent bass, heavy-hitting horn motifs and excitable lead vocals.
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out of stock $10.54
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Cat: PD 12305P. Rel: 29 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. I Wanna Feel Your Love (4:33)
  2. Since I Found You (Love Is Better Than Ever) (4:30)
 in stock $10.80
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Cat: RI 585394. Rel: 29 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. CHIC - "Le Freak" (Oliver Helden extended mix) (4:26)
  2. CHIC - "Le Freak" (2018 Remaster) (5:29)
 in stock $12.95
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Cat: GLITS 024. Rel: 24 Aug 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. The Spirit (extended mix) (6:55)
  2. The Spirit (Yuksek extended remix) (5:48)
  3. The Spirit (Mark Broom's Let's Talk extended remix) (6:16)
  4. The Spirit (Mark Broom's club Rub extended remix) (6:54)
Review: Story has it that when Glitterbox chief Simon Dunmore heard Horse Meat Disco drop "The Spirit" at his party in Ibiza last summer, he immediately needed to know where and who the track came from. Matthew Ward aka Mighty Mouse was the man responsible, he of Cheaper Thrills and Mindless Boogie fame. The funked-up disco groove of the original is supported by remixes by Frenchman Yuksek (Partyfine/ Razor-N-Tape) who takes the track down a sexy, late- night deep house route and then, most surprisingly, by UK techno veteran Mark Broom who delivers not one, but two renditions. It's definitely all about the bangin' cyclicality of his "Let's Talk Extended Remix" - which will mix into any Robert Hood/Floorplan tracks nicely.
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out of stock $11.34
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Cat: KMPN 004. Rel: 19 Oct 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Agboju Logun (5:01)
  2. Nosi Zole (5:31)
  3. Pitie (feat Gozar) (4:56)
  4. Elephant Dance (6:34)
out of stock $10.54
18
Cat: ARM 001. Rel: 08 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Runaway (8:00)
  2. Love Money (7:46)
out of stock $13.78
19
Cat: EROS 02X. Rel: 15 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Track 1 (7:45)
  2. Track 2 (4:33)
  3. Track 3 (5:13)
  4. Track 4 (4:53)
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Cat: GALL 008. Rel: 08 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Kneel B4 Thelma (8:53)
  2. Mast Song (7:09)
out of stock $9.71
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Cat: PR 65020P. Rel: 29 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Groovin' You (6:17)
  2. Modaji (6:54)
  3. Till You Take My Love (3:38)
 in stock $10.80
22
Cat: CR 002. Rel: 08 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Boomerang (5:19)
  2. Boomerang (demo version) (3:56)
Review: Hot on the heels of last year's Athens Of The North excavation comes this seminal slice of proto boogie from Aaron Broomfield as he was just on the brink of leaving Broomfield Corporate Jam to set himself up solo. Never before released (only two test presses were made, and one of them was damaged in a fire), both the slower, more seductive demo and the sprightly, slap bass popping final version capture a pivotal moment in Broomfield's career and a golden time in post disco funk and boogie. Just as the title suggests; you'll keep coming back to this one over and over again.
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 in stock $14.04
23
Cat: MXAK 001. Rel: 15 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Say That You Love Me (Danny Krivit 7" edit - Francois K remix) (5:34)
  2. Say That You Love Me (Danny Krivit 7" edit - AK remix) (5:46)
Review: Japanese singer-songwriter-producer Akemi Kakihara, better known as AK, is a huge star in her native country-where she's released 15 albums, many topping the charts, along with writing & producing for many other artists as well. Her first album featured a collaboration with close friend Brazilian pianist and composer Eumir Deodato-but she's probably most recognized internationally for Her composition "Say That You Love Me," originally a jazzy ballad, was remixed by Francois K and Eric Kupper in 2001 and released on New York label King Street Sounds. The remix soon became a staple at Body & Soul in both New York and Japan, ultimately topping the dance charts around the world and emerging as the top house anthem in Japan over the next decade-as well as becoming King Street Sounds' all time biggest seller. (The song wasn't the only success story to bloom from this project: visiting Body & Soul for the first time in 2001 to meet Francois K and see and hear the crowd's reaction to the remix, when she also met DJ and party co-founder Danny Krivit. A romance between them blossomed, they married in 2008, and continue to reside in NYC.)

With 7" vinyl singles currently enjoying a renaissance, Krivit suggested AK revisit the landmark track to do another re-work of "Say That You Love" for Most Excellent Unlimited, something noticeably different from the original. AK's new version of her signature tune retains her silky vocal refrain that first seduced listeners, but adds a bubbly keyboard melody and a propulsive snare kick that turns it into a dance floor stomper. Krivit then edited down her new production and the Francois K mix for the first time on 7" release; he felt the song's King Street hit remix arrangement was very strong, so he did his best to maintain it's hit arrangement within the restrictions of a 5:30 min format for the flip side of the single. The result is a must-own 7" that sounds both classic and contemporary at the same time.
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out of stock $9.45
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Cat: TITC 002. Rel: 22 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. The Showfa - "Joy" (8:45)
  2. Yam Who? - "Tomorrow" (4:47)
  3. Stephen King - "It's So Easy" (6:23)
  4. Sweet Julibees - "So Strong" (4:55)
Review: Having recently released the superb sequel to their gospel-fired "Take It To Church" compilation as an epic digital download compilation, the Midnight Riot crew has decided to make some of the best cuts available on wax. The Showfa leads the way with "Joy", a bouncy, peak-time ready re-edit of a lesser-known gospel disco gem, while label boss Yam Who? once again showcases his impeccable musicianship and production skills on the breezy gospel disco stomp of "Tomorrow". Stephen King's "It's So Easy" is a subtly tooled-up take on a Blaxploitation era disco-funk workout, while Sweet Julibees' superb "So Strong" is an impeccable chunk of slap-bass sporting gospel boogie.
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Cat: RDC 001. Rel: 15 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Burning Desire (7:24)
  2. Maybe The Melody Sucks (6:05)
  3. So Deep (6:14)
  4. Get Down (7:14)
Review: Mexican DJ and producer Hotmood has slung out a huge amount of quality releases in the past few years via his own Hotmood Records as well as elsewhere, from Disco Fruit to Whiskey Pickle. Now Guillermo Gonzalez is bringing the funk to Ravanelli Disco Club, imparting some seriously classy club rollers that draw on classic sound sources but boil the ingredients down into punchy, effective contemporary dancefloor bombs. "Burning Desire" is a sprightly, key led affair, while "Maybe The Melody Sucks" gets busy with Philly strings and brass stabs. "So Deep" piles the looped up disco funk on heavy, and "Get Down" does some impressive filter riding - these disco house bombs can't fail to set the party on fire when they're slapped on the platter.
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Cat: FVR 151. Rel: 29 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. AEIOU (Dimitri From Paris remix) (7:44)
  2. AEIOU (Dimitri From Paris Super Disco dub) (7:01)
Review: First released last summer, Cotonete and Roberto Di Melo's "AEIOU" is a deliciously warm and woozy chunk of jazz-funk/revivalist Latin disco fusion that sounds like it was recorded in 1978 rather than 2018. This time round, Dimitri From Paris is at the controls, offering up two arguably superior "Special Disco Mixes" that not only boasts more audio clarity around key instrumental parts (particularly the horns, walking bassline and previously buried Clavinet lines) but also add some fizzing new electrofunk synths. As a result, the A-side vocal version sounds like a disco scene anthem in waiting, while the high-octane flipside dub is percussive, sweaty and full throttle in the best possible way.
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Cat: ERC 075. Rel: 22 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Saving Grace (4:15)
  2. Saving Grace (Bullion Redux) (6:04)
  3. Tight As A Drum (4:39)
  4. Tight As A Drum (Bullion Redux) (4:35)
Review: Thomas Leer was mainly active in the late 70s and early 80s, dropping two singles on Cherry Red that provided the source material for the two original tracks on this Emotional Rescue reissue 12". Opener "Saving Grace" is a rich, bombastic blast of synthwave, all chugging arps and massive leads, while "Tight As A Drum" heads into more psychedelic territory, using strange gating techniques and deft FX to create a wondrous, shimmering bed for Leer's poetic chat over the top. Bringing an inventive angle to the release, the label signed Bullion up for two wonderfully warm, wobbly remixes. Honing in on the weirder qualities of Leer's work, these modern interpretations make a perfect bridge from the old to the new - highly recommended!
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  1. Make Time For Love (Craig Bratley Refix) (7:16)
  2. Lazy Ligers - "Pinball Dreams" (Kacper Kapsa edit) (6:41)
  3. Jungleboy (1-800 COOLGUY edit) (5:53)
  4. Bella - "Una Splendida Giormata" (Mursia rework) (4:38)
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.
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out of stock $9.18
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Cat: BEC 5543829. Rel: 29 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Another You (feat Ruckazoid) (3:22)
  2. Devotion (feat Irfane) (4:43)
  3. Don't Stop The Dance (feat Irfane) (5:13)
  4. Devotion (Yuksek remix) (4:45)
  5. Don't Stop The Dance (Dildo Disco mix) (5:38)
out of stock $12.42
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Cat: DB12 001. Rel: 22 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. S&C - "Drug Of A Nation" (7:46)
  2. Tom Bolas - "Folterkammer" (4:23)
  3. Hanoben / ADSX - "Dreifaltigkeit" (8:44)
  4. Schmoltz - "Starnight" (4:24)
Review: To date, Rimini's Duca Bianco has put out just two 7"s, by Cherrystones and Tom Bolas specifically. Now the label widens the net with a various artists 12" that features four disco-not-disco burners for adventurous party people to shake down to like they're in 1980s New York. S&C present "Drug Of A Nation,", a raw, funky garage rock jam embellished with wild synth parts. Tom Bolas brings things to a more Afrodisco flavoured peak with a cheeky famous funk lick and killer robo vocoder. Hanoben / ADSX take things in an Italo direction with 'Dreifaltigkeit" with some incredible vocals to boot. Schmoltz sets things adrift in supreme Balearic style on "Starnight."
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