Review: After releases for Discos Capablanca and Moon Glyth, Minneapolis collective Food Pyramid align with Especial for a remix EP based around "Oh Mercy", a track from their 2012 album Mango Sunrise. Apparently a long term favourite of label boss Stuart Leath, the warped breakbeat jam-fusion of the original is ripe for reinvention and gets the remix treatment from Especial in-house team Apophenia, Inhalt and Jamie Paton. It's the full on italo pumper remix from San Francisco's Inhalt that really impresses too, with Especial right to compare it to Timmy Regisford classic remix of "Rules To Survive" by NOIA.
Review: Previously spotted passing hands for $1000, this Rodney Matthews doublet has been hot property since funk selector Ian Wright unearthed it. "Walking With Eyes Closed" oozes the slick falsetto funk Average White Band always aspired to; well-polished, super-tight, big highs and emphatic harmonies. "Life Is A Beautiful Thing" gets even funkier as the Miami troupe lay down cement-like dollops of bass-led funk over a stick beat and more rifle-like nagging vocals. Look up the word belter and you'll find this record.
Review: The Foster Jackson Group are one of those forgotten but highly coveted one-hit disco wonders that exist in the bottomless pit that is often classed simply as 'soul'. All that aside, these people made an incredible 12" back in 1979 that has been going for serious bucks on the second-hand market, but thankfully the prodigious P&P Records have saved the day yet again. "Feel The Spirit" is a devilish, inimitable disco jingle that is split between the more percussion ridden "Long Disco Version", and a more contained, more floor-focussed "Disco Version" They both contain that instantly addictive dose of piano, though. Check it out, you'll know what we mean...
Review: Franz Scala was last spotted on Boredllo A Parigi back in 2016 - he makes the move to Bahnsteig 23 for this bold record of synth pop, early electro and much more besides. "Anacondas" has a cheery tone, all sunny synth lines and a laid back boogie rhythm section, while "Thai City" is more like a scratchy beat track for DJs to get clever with. "Shadow Dancer" is one of the record's stand out moments - a muscular pop burner for all 80s romancers to get emotional and funky to. "Rascals" finishes the EP off with some seriously tough drums and some body-popping electro styles that should go down a storm on the floor.
Review: Night Shift Records owner Javi Frias is, like many in the nu-disco scene, something of a label-hopper. Previously, he's served up re-edits for the likes of Midnight Riot, Giant Cuts and Street Edits; here, he brings his scalpel magic to nascent imprint Neon Finger. A-side "Feel Your Soul" is a bouncy and attractive affair, with Frias beefing up and teasing out a classic disco-funk groove before unleashing rousing horn lines, swirling strings and celebratory vocal passages. Flip for "Loving You", a more gentle and groovy, saucer-eyed rework that swings impressively, despite the presence of solid new house percussion beneath the original beats.
Review: After 20 years in the lab, Austrian producer and DJ Conny Frischauf releases her debut EP for International Major Label. Made with a deep understanding of soundscapes and pop culture, the musical language of Frischauf breathes a magical and melancholic vibe - that transfers itself into the subconscious of the listener, without any comment. From the lush, shimmering tones of "Lemon Cru" to "Endless Universe" which features a crossover of neoclassical and kosmische aesthetics, complete with her heavenly vocals - Effekt Und Emotion was well worth the wait.
Review: One of 2016's finest funk stories was, without question, when AOTN suddenly dropped this incredible unreleased album by criminally slept-on Jacksonville troupe Fruit. A stunning piece of work, even by Fryer's standards it was a coup-de-grace. Now two of the album's finest, funkiest, sweatiest jams are available on limited 45. Instant floor burners, just like the rest of the album, before the tracks are over you'll feel you and your floor have known them forever.
Review: The love of all things Soviet and disco has been established by French/German duo Fulgeance and Scientist for several years now, having reached a peak last year with their album The Soviet Tape on First Word. Now they return with their own edit series on brand new label Excursions. With eyes squared fully on the floor, each obscurity is given some serious groove muscle for the floor... Charaunitsy's soulful croons and yearning horns are given an additional kick/snare swing, Latvia's Mirdza gets a deliciously camp turbo charge while Ukraine's Tatyana Kochergina gets a full-on Philly treatment with lavish strings and a bassline that won't say nyet.
Review: Italy's Funclab are bursting onto the scene with this terrific introduction to their kinda groove with House Al Dente - their first self-produced release. A collection of producers, DJs, promoters, and electronic music enthusiasts alike, they hail out of Milan and their main three sound designers have produced a track each. First up is Ayce Bio with the funked-up and sexy house of "Jazz Affair", Borbo with the lo-slung and jazzy disco on "Your Ex" and finally Turenne with the dusted-down and smooth deep vibe of "1000" Punti".
Review: Masterworks Music mastermind 80's Child unleashes the third volume of his Masterworks compilations. This is a two-part vinyl release with the first part featuring The Funk District hailing from Cancun, who kicks off the A side with "The Funky Joint". He gets a good ol' time shuffle going before handing it over to Parisian Oldchap for a proper low-slung boogie in the form of "To The Top". On the flip, Godfather of the western Australian dance scene Dr. Packer gets down with a wicked edit on the late night sexiness of "Your Big Chance" and fellow Mexican Hotmood goes out on a high note with smokin' hot vocal number "Raw Dance".
Review: This colourful EP marks the debut of Funky Espresso, an Italian duo with a background in both DJing and live performance. Their dancefloor nous and instrumental skills hit home from the word go, when title track "Born For The Night" serves up a quirky and hugely entertaining mix of Afrobeat and eccentric lounge music. Sneaky disco edit crew Creative Source supply the scalpel work on the duo's loose and low-slung cover of Carole King's "Corazon" (though we're guessing they were paying tribute to LTG Exchange's superior later version), while "La Disco Francaise" joins the dots between Daft Punk's work with Nile Rogers and dreamy piano house. Finally, Je T'Adore is a sleazy Italo-disco treat.
Review: Its feelgood, summertime disco house on the Feel This Way EP, by Belarusian DJ and producer from Grodno and reminiscent of DJ Sneak or Nick Holder's disco cut ups from the mid-nineties. There's some sure fire goodness for sunny day parties on the A side: From the hands in the air vibe of the title track, to the soulful funk groove of "Party Train". On the flip, things get a bit techier on "Acid Indie Club" which much like the name suggests has a warped synth lead that soon gives way to some wicked, big band disco style brass sounds. They leave the best 'til last on "Sundown" though, which you could imagine being played at exactly that time at one awesome beach party to remember.
Review: G&D return to action with label EP number two. There's plenty to set the pulse racing across the four tracks, from the grandiose orchestral disco swirl of "Something", to the Daniele Baldelli-esque throb of "Agua Cosmica", a killer version of a druggy Cosmic club favourite that boasts both heavy dub disco bass and mind-altering synthesizer arpeggio lines. Arguably the pick of the bunch, though, is heavy disco-funk stomping "Spider" with an edit from Volcov, a hearty, groove-based peak-time anthem rich in K.I.D style instrumentation, fantastic slap bass and righteous rock riffs.
Review: British DJ and producer G Markus has appeared previously on some top imprints such as Soul Clap Records, Exploited, Roots for Bloom and Monologues in recent times - so he sure has the credentials. He strikes out on his own here for the fifth edition in his G Edits series. The A side features the classic Stateside vocal house vibe of "Lifted", while on the flip there's something more funky and lo-slung that you have come to expect from the man - on the deep down and disco dirty groove of "Panties".
Review: Danny Krivit's fine re-edit of Gary's Gang classic "Let's Lovedance Tonight" first surfaced on Nervous Records back in 2007, and has been something of an in-demand item with disco DJs ever since. This, then, is a more than welcome reissue. The genius of Krivit's scalpel job is that it merely emphasizes the sections of the original that dancefloors want to hear; specifically, the acoustic guitar and organ-heavy groove, killer drum breaks and winding saxophone lines. It's simple but devilishly effective. For those seeking the full vocal experience, the original 1979 12" version is included on the flip.
Les Dance (Jean Claude Gavri 2017 dub edit) (6:35)
Review: Over the last few years, Israeli producer Jean-Claude Gavri has reworked all manner of vintage dancefloor treats, often delivering brilliantly percussive or subtly tooled-up reinterpretations. This time round, he's working his magic on David Bowie's 1983 classic "Let's Dance". Interestingly, it sounds like Gavri had access to the master tapes during the remixing process, because the A-side remix is a wonderfully dubbed-out, synth-laden interpretation that sounds like a cross between the work of The Reflex and the Idjut Boys. The flipside Dub Edit is pretty tasty, too, and naturally concentrates more on both the rolling percussion and killer synth bassline.