Move Me (Remixes)
Underground mixes of the next single taken from Cerrone’s recent album, ‘Red Lips’ — the album that rounded-up disco glitterati such as Chic’s Nile Rodgers to contribute. Here, we have new productions from the likes of Jacques Renault, who offers a tougher version with punchier drums and high velocity disco FX; but the standout here, without any doubt, is Daniel Wang and co. working to the very heights of camp and drama with their totally convincing high-gloss mix. Fierce.
'Talking About Life EP'
House Of Disco
Freestyle records regular, Aroop Roy brings some affirming disco energy in this latest for London label, House of Disco. With some George Benson style guitar licks and growling, Sly Stone-style vocal loops, ‘Talking About Life’ brings in a positive mood. Japanese producer Brisa brings a sharp-sounding jazz funk rework and this chirpy release bows out with the smudgy, deep house coda, ‘We Together’.
Plucky electro-boogie homage from Eglo’s secret weapon, Sauce81. Hailing from Japan, Nobuyuki Suzuki has established a retro, electro-boogie style for the likes of Jazzy Sport, Endless Flight and, now, a couple of feathers-in-his-cap for Alex Nut’s label. Glowing with amp-fiddlin’ fun this will ignite the floor for the serious dancers and fill the boxes of your Dam-Funk inspired DJs. Useful ‘disco dub’ on the flipside is a functional, stripped back club tool.
Daniele Baldelli & Dario Piana
'Zero Gravity EP'
What a treat for Afro-cosmic fans as pioneer, Daniele Baldelli, comes home to vanguard of the genre, Leng records. Teaming up with studio muse Dario Piana, the pair reach through the cosmos and create these fitting, mid-tempo electronic disco nuggets with elements of new wave and ancestral dub. Killer release with the dazzling electro hoedown of ‘Air Vibes’ being the standout cut.
Raised on freestyle from the Floridian glades, now LA-based artist (and once touring saxophone player for late jazz legend, Maynard Ferguson), Ambiance serves up an EP that's more for the feet, less the head, on reliable Mexican label, Duro. Five helpings of proto-house, new wave, slo-mo cosmic and Neue Deutsche Welle inspired electro with notable tracks being the direct drive of ‘Gotta Dance At The Party’ and the lush, Ralf und Florian indebted sparkle of the outro, ‘Runners In Wake’.
'West End Edits: Medlar'
Legendary New York disco label, recently revived with a new roster, looks back, deep into its catalogue and picks a selection of gems for London-based producer, and Wolf Recordings regular, Medlar, to re-edit. Features a killer, dub reworking of Sweet Life’s boogie classic ‘I Get Lifted’ alongside tidy edits of Kenix’s wonderful freakout, ‘There’s Never Been (No One Like You)’ and Shirley Lites’ Hi-NRG essential ‘Heat You Up (Melt You Down)'.
Dedication feat. Danielle Moore
'Show Me Love'
Adventures In Paradise
New label Adventures In Paradise opens for business with a collaborative effort from amiable DJ sort, ‘Foolish’ Felix Dickinson and Japanese production spar, Mikey Yamada. Dedication releases seem few and far between, but the duo have yet to falter since starting out on Dickinson’s Cynic label in the mid 00s; then waiting a few years before their DFA debut and recently the blissfully Balearic club hymn, ‘Let Me Rock You’ landed on Claremont 56. Their forthcoming, ‘Show Me Love’ is a shimmering disco anthem with catchy Def Mix style pianos and a rousing vocal from Crazy P’s, Danielle Moore.
School of Thought
'Drift Apart (inc. Mushrooms Project & Ashley Beedle Remixes)'
A trippy, dubby prog house shuffle from ‘96, reissued on Nine Lives and brought up to the present day with a brace of brand new remixes. Italian DJ/production team, Mushrooms Project, work a mix with some deep disco flair; but the highlight is the heavy-disco fix from the original Ballistic Brother, Ashley Beedle, who manages an intricate club groove, riding the filters to an anthemic close.