Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Disco In Distress Pt 1

A new compilation of deep disco from four different producers on Amplified’s Disco In Distress series. Russian producer Lay-Far uses some canny mid-tempo glitterball samples on «Yellow» but mostly keeps them filtered deep under some Revenge-style drums, while Lump takes a vocal from a Bill Withers-esque singer and layers it nicely over a classy house backing. Mudeg supplies a bubbly future-bass number, complete with some gurgling retro acid lines on «Luv No Guarantee» while Nicholas’ funky and slow «Wind City» rounds off the collection in a soulful, Roy Ayres-ish mood.
played by: Gerd, Visti, Jacques Renault, Solab, Amplified Orchestra, Cottam, Outernational Holland, The Legendary 1979 Orchestra, Get Down Edits, East Soul Person

Try it on juno records....


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Maurice Aymard Italo Slot EP

Intriguingly, the title track does not take inspiration from the excesses of late 70s Rimini but rather the jazzy house of 90s New York as sweet strings push the arrangement into a filtered breakdown. The Big Apple’s influence comes to the fore on the Eddie C rework of «Italo Slot», where funk guitar stabs are fused with a walking bassline. However, the Italo influences finally surface on «El Sexto», where airy synths are combined with stacatto drums for the most dance floor moment on the release. Completing the package is Trujillo’s remix of the title track, which offers a more laid back, windswept version.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

The magician.....

His background is shrouded in mystery, his powers are supernatural and his reputation is whispered about among men. He goes by different names, but folks just call him The Magician.

One night not so long ago, he appeared from a place between space and time. The Magician stepped into this world, materializing in a cloud of crystal stars and soft pink smoke. Some say he is the guardian angel of all resident DJ’s, others claim he’s a former airline pilot who crashed an afterparty – some say it’s just an illusion, a well performed hoax. But is it really?
Everywhere The Magician goes, there’s music in the air. People come under his spell and dance like there’s no tomorrow. Lost in a purple haze, transfixed in a flurry of white doves. He makes clubbers float through disco heaven and takes them around the house on a magic carpet ride. Behind his green translucent eyes, there’s an unlimited knowledge of the musical past, present and future.

The Magician shifts shapes in a heartbeat and appears all throughout the world. One moment he’s sprinkling space dust on the Balearic isles, next he’s performing his rhythmic hocus pocus between the smoke and mirrors of a glitzy nightclub in Santiago or Moscow. When he vanishes, the only proof of his existence The Magician leaves are his ‘magic tapes’, a sample of his magnetising skills.

No magic wand or top hat needed, it’s all in his wizardly mind and flexible fingertips. The Magician has more than one trick up his sleeve though; word has it that the mystery man is working on a special formula to transform the musical workings of others – and don’t be amazed if, one day, he perfects his craft and creates his very own brand of spectral sounds.

Forget that Potter kid, Gandalf or Merlin, and get ready for a new chapter in the world of wonder and bewitchment. Get ready for The Magician.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Laidback thursday

If Cole Medina and his American Standard imprint can hit big with slo-mo reworks of Olivia Newton John and Spandau Ballet, then LOTI, aka Lord Of the Isles, looks set for big things with «What’s Lord Got To Do With It?», which reinvents Tina Turner’s 80s soft-pop monster «What’s Love Got To Do With It?». There’s no second hand emotions here though, just sizzling summer bar vibes – with that chugging rhythm and drifty flute atmospherics, it’s like the charity shop find B-side Balearic remix you dream about uncovering but never actually do. On the flipside LOTI ups the pace with the excellent «With An Angel», which takes snippets of Marvin Gaye’s «Come Live With Me Angel» and weaves them into quite a driving disco-house groove – one for the later-hour dancefloor.

played by: Zambon (Primitive Copies), Ritesh (Adult Contemporary), Juno Recommends Disco, Neil Diablo, Cottam, Sleazy Beats Recordings, Lord Of The Isles


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Havana Candy

Havana Candy are a mysterious pair of cosmic crusaders hailing from deep within the East Lancs metropolitan district. Brimming with northern balearic attitude and a penchant for country gent attire, toy camera's and specimen carp hunting, the pair were fed from an early age on a diet of Chicago, Detroit, disco, krautrock and Italian cosmic grooves.

Havana Candy continue in their pursuit of all things deep and spacey, delivering a four track EP of synth and piano led, Italo influenced Nu-Disco, backed up by an excellent remix of Rimentos Sical by Italian duo Irregular Disco Workers.



Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Slow Burning beatdown disco

Italian newcomer La Tuerie seriously drops the tempo on his debut release for Amsterdam’s Sleazy Beats Recordings, coming up with four slow-burning beatdown disco and boogie tracks that are screaming out for play in sweaty basements or sun-kissed beaches.
«Midnight» sets the levels to sleazy as the strains of the Love Unlimited Orchestra’s «Midnight Groove» lift off the groove. Seriously fattened up and set to a rock-solid 4/4 disco-house rhythm, this is sure to have some serious head-nodding going on. Next up for the chop-n-loop treatment is Donna McGhee’s stupendous soul sizzler «It Ain’t No Big Thing», which appears here as «Big Things». Hot! the deal-sealer for me is «Zanzibar», which takes my favourite boogie-disco cut – Class Action’s «Weekend» – and PITCHES IT WAY DOWN, for a cosmic boogie reinterpretation. Add some well placed filtering, loops and total drop-outs, and you have a summer killer – this is MASSIVE! Last but not least is «Tatsumi». A more upbeat disco groover of unknown original. If you’re into any of the Super Value / Kolour LTD / Small World Disco Edits etc series then you’ll love this record. As usual, this is a strictly limited pressing: no repress, no digital. It’s wax or nothing!


Friday, June 3, 2011

Lips Service

Following a brief diversion to allow for the release of Dean Mereditch solo project Rhythm Odyssey, Stafford's 
most productive duo are reunited for a new single. It's perhaps a little looser than their greatest work, combining 
that familiar low-end throb with fuzzy vocals, maudlin pianos and scratchy guitars. While solid, it's the accompanying 
remixes that offer more thrills. The real killer comes from Brummie nu-Balaeric types The Main Steam, whose 
Country Fishing Trip version is a delightfully dubbed-out excursion that sounds like early Fleetwood Mac after a trip 
down the Paradise Garage. Leo Zero excels, too, offering up a version that neatly draws out the original's hidden disco chops.

Download here

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

6th borough project one night in the borough

Scottish no. 1 Nu-Disco producing duo Graeme ‘The Revenge’ Clark and Craig Smith aka 6th Borough Project present their first full-length album for the well known ‘Delusions Of Grandeur’ label from the UK. And it’s everything you would love to hear from these guys and even more! This album oozes with pure class, and with 14 well crafted tracks to choose from you just know this one’s gonna be BIG..
(Tracklist) 01-)  Intro
 02-)  Let Yourself Go (Live Mix)
 03-)  If The Feelings Right
 04-)  B.U.R.T. (The Journey)
 05-)  Find A Way
 06-)  Back To Me feat. Ricky Reid
 07-)  The Fool
 08-)  Endless Nights
 09-)  Iznae
 10-)  Deep C
 11-)  Changin’
 12-)  B.U.R.T. (Inside) feat. Paul Joseph
 13-)  String-A-Lude
 14-)  Settle


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Onur ENGIN square edit part 1

This first release on Square features some of Onur's finest bits
indeed, kicking off with a chuggy rerub of William DeVaughn's Be
Thankful, which will work a treat on all discerning floors and has
been played all over the place by giants like Greg Wilson and Dicky
Trisco. Next up is a rather fantastic dubby rework of Diana Ross'
Brown Baby. Onur's additional drums and percussion turn this track
into headnodding fodder of the highest order. On the flip we get
two more edits: Gene Harris' As and Joaoa Donato get the Engin
treatment. Both are nice enough and will get you some beaming
smiles on the dancefloor, but it's the tracks on the A side that
will do the real damage this summer.

Friday, February 18, 2011

VA (Theo Parrish) Ugly Edits Vol. 11

After 6 years Theo Parrish is back with part 11 of his highly prized ‘Ugly Edits’ series. Presenting 2 bottom heavy druggy refixes of some of Parrish’s favourite soul and disco tracks..


Friday, February 4, 2011

The Shookt - Ghost In The Machine

Lunaflicks co founder Strangefruit aka 50% of the epically awesome Mungolian Jetset teams 
up with fellow Norse nu disco icon Diskjokke on this new project, The Sjukt. 
Essentially translated as 'the sick', Diskjokke and Strangefruit deliver two tracks of disjointed 
digital discotheque delight. "Ghost In The Machine" is the deeper moment; with a chunky 
psychedelic groove, replete with rolling cowbell action, forming amidst a vacuum of spaced out atmospherics. 
It's the robotic funk of "Bug In The Machine" where the partnership really excels: a satisfyingly blunt techno 
stomp is aided and abetted by abrasive sounding riffs, tripped out squeaks and bleeps and extended siren drops. 


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The_Gathering-In My System Remixes


01. In My System (The Revenge Remix) 06:43
02. In My System (I:Cube Remix) 06:09
03. In My System (Milton Jackson Remix) 06:27
04. In My System (Dj Shade & Steve Ferrand Remix) 08:09
05. In My System (Soul Minority Remix) 07:34


Nick Chacona-Slice of Life..

Nick Chacona, one of New York's most venerable exponents of contemporary musical excellence, 
makes his belated debut on the Wurst imprint. Chacona has an impressive CV with releases for esteemed 
imprints such as Bear Funk, Internasjonal, Stilove4Music, 20:20 Vision and Moodmusic, but he might just 
have reserved his finest for his good friend Roy Dank. Sitting in the space that gathers dust between 
disco and house, "Slice of Life" exudes a slow burning charm. A sultry groove is propelled along by searing
textures which build towards a twilight synth solo imbued with ecstatic energy. Scandinavian newcomers
Name In Lights have but one release on FEED Records to their names but signpost their production potential 
with a remix that repositions Chacona's track as a swifter disco rock jam, typified by tight slap bass licks, slicks
syncopation and steadily pulsing arpeggios. Definitely ones to watch out for.

Enjoy His Track

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Maxxi and Zeus - The Struggle

You know Maxxi & Zeus better as Quiet Village. We all know them best as Matt Edwards and Joel Martin, two of the most serious record collectors around. For this debut 12-inch for Uruguay's finest, International Feel, the duo turn in two tracks that recall Edwards' late 2009 podcast for RA that featured tunes taken solely from Klaus Schulze's Innovative Communication imprint. The Struggle is a love letter to the chill out room, two ambient hymns that defy moment-by-moment description. To break them down like this would be to miss the point completely. "The Struggle" and "The Cell" are mood pieces which simply float by. A beach guitar lick, a wordless invocation of the aforementioned cell, birds and birds and birds chirping away in between synths that vainly try to imitate them: This is the sort of ambient music that simply isn't made anymore. To some ears, this is a good thing. But upon listening to The Struggle, there's reason to think that there is material left to uncover here. Unlike many of their contemporaries, Edwards and Martin effortlessly navigate the line between weightless New Age and the portentous drones that glut the current experimental scene. Both tunes are life-affirming dreamscapes that sound completely fresh.


Thursday, January 6, 2011

MITZI - All I Heard EP

Is Future Classic becoming Australia's answer to DFA? If their recent releases are anything to go by, then quite possibly. This three-tracker from Brisbane-based four-piece Mitzi could quite easily have been released by James Murphy's revered New York imprint. Mitzi's blend of lazy disco grooves and anthemic pop hooks is reminiscent of DFA's own Holy Ghost - admittedly with a sunnier disposition and typically Australian breeziness. All three tracks are excellent, with lead cut "India" and the slower "Morning Light" - which comes complete with some excellent Tom Tom Club synths - arguably the stand-outs. These guys will be worth looking out for in 2011, without doubt.