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Friday, February 20, 2015

Lucci Capri-Messalina Edits Vol 10 (MSL010)



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Tracks:
A1 Madness & Judgement
A2 Atlantis
B1 Pastime Paradise
B2 Say Sayonara
B3 Swinga

Genre: Balearic/Disco/Edits
Release Year: 2015
Label: Messalina Records
Country: Spain
More: 12'' Vinyl, EP, 33rpm
"Messalina" are still the go to outfit for those hunting expertly reworked Balearic obscurities. For the tenth release, label head "Lucci Capri" dives back behind the controls serving up a handful of navel gazing grooves, beard stroking brilliance and louche library sounds. 
Lucci kicks the EP off with the superb reggae tinged slo-mo funk of "Madness & Judgement", plucked from an obscure German LP and reworked into a woozy cosmic groover for the contemporary floor. Next up, we're hit with a superb extended instrumental edit of the uber rare 7" "Atlantis" from 1979, a dreamy Balearic gem with added keys and horns by the man himself.
B' side starts with "Paradise Pastime", a killer Calypso disco remake of "Stevie Wonder", while "Say Sayonara" is a beautiful synth soundscape with cool vocals from Japan. Finally an extended floor-filling edit of a hard to find 7” flipside from Brazilian boogie dons "Robson & Lincoln". No doubt about it, "Messalina Edits Vol 10" is the umbrella in your Pina Colada!

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

VA-Royalty Of Funk (QD01)



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Tracks:
A1 Alan Mooney's Edits-Kofi
A2 LTJ-Don't You Do It
B1 Get Down Edits-Dirty
B2 Queen & Disco-Ghetto Life

Genre: Disco/Edits
Release Year: 2015
Label: Queen & Disco
Country: UK
More: 12'' Vinyl, EP, 33rpm
Hailing from Derry, "Queen & Disco" is an Irish duo who have been djing for years and noone doubts that are true disco music and - most of all - vinyl supporters, testing their music taste and skills at the homonymous club there. After having edited disco stuff for years, basically through their Soundcloud page, they decided to press their first 12'', while they also invited to this project two of their favorite disco music editors, "Get Down Edits" and "LTJ".
This lovely record begins with "Alan Mooney's Edits" and a beatdown mellow and hypnotic-funk obscurity which is a perfect warm-up for what follows next. "Kofi" is the kind of track that easily sticks to your memory and is definitely gonna get played for long in your sets. The Italian recipe of "LTJ" is very well-known and as usually, unmistakable. From the powerful toms and kicks which support his selected vibes, to the massive vocal loops that always do the job on the dancefloor, "Don't You Do It" is a trademark of "LTJ" from the very first to the last second.
On the flip, the Irish fellas of "Queen & Disco", "Get Down Edits" are ready to do the "Dirty" job once again and cause a disco mayhem with their track, while the duo closes this EP with a brilliant cover on "Ghetto Life" by "Rick James". Be quick with this one!!!

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

VA-Diggin' Disco Deep # 1 (DDD001) (Coming Soon!!!)



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Tracks:
A1 Sleazy McQueen & Romano Arcaini-Moments With U
A2 VinylAddicted-The Music And Harmony
B1 SMQ-Diggin' Disco Deep Theme

Genre: Deep-Disco
Release Year: 2015
Label: Diggin' Disco Deep
Country: UK
More: 12'' Promo, 300 Limited Hand-Numbered Copies, Vinyl Exclusive, 33rpm (A'Side), 45rpm (B'Side)
“Diggin' Disco Deep" is a new, deep-disco orientated offshoot of the successful "Editor's Kutz" label. The target is locked and it's no other than the dusty but not forgotten vinyl chests.
The record begins with "Sleazy McQueen & Romano Arcaini" who collaborate to give new life to a trusted classic. A central groove is created a new from the looped strings of the bridge creating palpable tension through repetition. "Moments With U" will have you upside down and turn you round and round. 
Next comes the "Editor's Kutz" captain "VinylAddicted", whose inspiration is based upon a track since 1977. VA totally reconstructs the original by keeping a repetitive piano loop going and going, while fresh kits, chords and a massive bassline give floor all the warmth that is needed. A male vocal loop and effects bridge the parts and ride the rhythm, until a healing piano and guitar break in the middle of the track offers you some breathing before the hypnotic groove strikes back!
Flipside hosts "SMQ" who returns to his disco-house roots. "Diggin' Disco Deep Theme" has filters, stabs, strings and juicy groove leading the way on this uptempo, beat driven reconstruction. Pompous! Served on a hand-numbered and vinyl exclusive pressing. Be the one of 300!!!

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Cosmologist-Cosmology Volume 4 (UTI1204)




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Tracks:
A1 Future Space (The Cosmologist 2014 Arkestral Manouvres In Outer Space)
B1 For Real (The Cosmologist 2014 Reconstructed Disco Dub)

Genre: Disco/Re-Edits
Release Year: 2015
Label: Under The Influence
Country: UK
More: 12'' Vinyl, Heavyweight, 45rpm
Those who have been following the "Cosmology" series from its inception will no doubt be familiar with the ad hoc release schedule and will perhaps have grown accustomed to the diverse range of styles that their ep's encompass. Each one has trodden a different path in the pursuit of updating pivotal dancefloor memories and "Cosmology Volume 4" is the most ambitious reworking to date. The choice for this instalment's source material is a topical one as the influence here comes from "Herman Sonny Blount", better known as the Free Jazz pioneer "Sun Ra". 
The start point for this project was some snatched vocals and the saxophone from the 1972 opus, "Space is the Place". The sax riff was originally recorded in a Quintuple (an unusual 5/4 meter, which anyone familiar with "Sun Ra" will attest that his chaotic band leading makes the edit process nigh on impossible). Ever up for the challenge, our hero now Laurie somehow managed to cajole this into a more friendly 4/4 time signature, which forms the off kilter and strangely hypnotic bassline that underpins the track, leaving just the faintest whisper of the original intact. This mid tempo burner increases the intensity as it progresses, taking its time to wrap itself round you, into your mind and once this haunting melody gets you, you stay got. 
Flip it over and we return to more familiar soulful surroundings, albeit with a notably different sphere of influence and approach from the A' side. This too retains that trademark "Cosmologist" otherworld spaciness and crate diggers and modern soul aficionados will identify the lush, swirling disko gem from "Flowers", a hard to come by rarity, entitled "For Real". Oozing soul from the opening bar, we have a track where very little reconstruction work was needed, so instead a nuanced yet restrained alteration is employed which retains all the class, and gives it a respectful re-calibration, opening it to a slightly wider range of DJ's to program.
This was recorded during the Christmas break of 2013, but sat in the can for almost a year awaiting another track to pair it up with. Two wildly contrasting edits that will add something to the ongoing what is a remix / edit debate, this double header will be the perfect storm to bring in the new-year and comes beautifully presented on 180g heavyweight vinyl, with black inner and a spined manila sleeve. Recommendation!

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

George Franklin Smallwood & Marshmellow-Hey Mamma / I Love My Father (PPU4881)



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Tracks:
A1 Hey Mamma
B1 I Love My Father

Genre: Soul
Release Year: 2015 (Reissue)
Label: Peoples Potential Unlimited
Country: US
More: 7'' Vinyl, Reissue, 45rpm
Welcome reissue for this rare modern soul masterpiece by "George Franklin Smallwood" & "Marshmellow". "Hey Mamma" is truly a killer soul track that stands out from most other stuff. "I Love My Father" is totally different and very slow, but totally on point. One thing's for sure: both tracks come as a tribute to every family's leading members. The music is mellow and the lyrics are nice and meaningful. Cheers dad and mom! 

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Boogie Nite-Words (GRIME008)



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Tracks:
A1 Words
B1 Words (Dub)

Genre: Disco/Edits
Release Year: 2015 
Label: Grimy Edits
Country: US
More: 7'' Vinyl, Repress, 33rpm
"Grimy" keeps the heat on with a limited 7" from "Boogie Nite". "Words" sounds like a forgotten classic from the legendary early 80s NYC downtown scene. The smooth disco arrangement and punk-funk vocals could have emanated from a dream session between "Walter Gibbons" and "Lizzy Mercier Descloux". Feel-good rhodes piano lays the melodic foundation as a gang of female voices ruminate on the rhythmic meaning of words. All the while, a shit-hot disco rhythm section keeps things in the pocket. Also, there's a nice dub version on side B'. The original belongs to "Tom Tom Club".

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

VA-Disco Meze EP (WD34)



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Tracks:
A1 NYM (VinylAddicted + Jean Claude Gavri Edit)
A2 Caught Up In The Rapture (PIXELATED Anita On Acid Re-Edit)
B1 Day To Day (Alkalino Edit)
B2 Hidden Rung (The Silver Rider Edit)

Genre: Disco/Edits
Release Year: 2015
Label: Whiskey Disco
Country: France
More: 12'' Vinyl, EP, 33rpm
"Disco Meze EP" impresses quickly with an uptempo collaboration headed by "VinylAddicted". "NYM" is a diggers delight, looped guitars and strings with a heady solo courtesy of "Jean Claude Gavri". A lovingly filtered exercise in peak time disco, just wait for that synth solo to burst out!! "Pixelated" drop the bpm and acid with their sublime re-edit of "Caught Up in The Rapture". In contrast to the relative obscurities on the A-side, the flip is packed with time-tested, tried-and-true sampling courtesy of "Day To Day" by "Alkalino" and "Hidden Rung" by "The Silver Rider".

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