Born Again/Soul Revival
Moton Records Inc.
The authority on all things ‘gospel soul’ joins the hallowed Moton Records Inc. catalogue with two brand new, heavenly edits. Divine Situation is the work of Greg Belson, who was responsible for the peerless ‘Divine Disco’ compilation of 2016 that unearthed some celestial rarities from the modern soul, gospel and disco scene in the US. The result of his extended knowledge lands these two huge dancefloor-friendly cuts for Moton — from the spiritual ‘Born Again’ to the pure hellfire of ‘Soul Revival’.
'Auto Disco EP'
A winning formula of 909 hits and simple roughly-chopped disco loops from Anthony Fade via new appointment, Sloth Boogie. ‘Auto Disco EP’ is raw, party-starting fodder that follows previous aces for the likes of DJ Haus’ UTTU offshoot, House Crime and Lost Palms/Shall Not Fade, and these instant club tracks are lining the duo up to be the new toast of the deep house/lo-fi sound. Pumping gospel styles on the lead ‘Higher’ accompany the mid-tempo soul of ‘No Limit’, but the standout is the cheeky flip of Soundhack’s classic mix of Auto Repeat’s ‘Auto Disco’.
'Drums Of Passion EP'
Balearic/acid enthusiast Bawrut drops his daring ‘Drums Of Death’ release, making it release number two for the French label, Hard Fist. Bawrut announced his arrival in 2016, launching Ransom Note Records with the addictive, tropical acid smash ‘Ciquita’ and now the Italian producer expands on this theme with three new, outstanding tracks. Part Candido, part Martin Circus, this EP is a giddy, hypnotic melange of Afro-cosmic, trance and disco — a killer release that will, no doubt, establish Bawrut as one to watch in the new year.
'Everything Is Love EP'
Reptile Dysfunction has established serious credentials already. Only a few releases in, they’ve released material from legendary producer Jaydee of ‘Plastic Dreams’ fame, plus guest spots from Mike Skinner and Idris Elba (!). New talent Charlie Rope weighs in with extended play of glossy disco and deep house music, with highlights being the shimmering tribute to the great NYC club ‘J’adore 54’ and the sassy, driving up-tempo disco-funk of ‘Ruby’s Kimono’.
Cult Italo-disco troupe N.O.I.A. revisit their extensive back catalogue of demos; tracks that were big in the European scene in the mid-'80s and brand new, commissioned remixes. This release sheds light on two previously unreleased demo versions of their tracks, ‘Forbidden Fruit’ and ‘Stay With Me', including robust remixes from Vivod Records head Ali Renault and electronic disco producer, Francisco. Both remixes dispense with the original hooks, opting in heavier club-friendly production; but there’s still loads of charm in the demos for those Italo die-hards amongst you. Ace.
Rugged grooves in the EBM tradition from Jensen Interceptor, whose icy cool electro and Drexciya-homage has made sought-after releases for the likes of the excellent Central Processing Unit and BNR Trax. Now being picked up by The Hacker’s Zone label, Jensen Interceptor nods to the cold, European sound pioneered by the likes of Einstürzende Neubauten and Liaisons Dangereuses, through to the early sounds of raw Chicago house music and proto-techno. Three instrumental tracks that have already been charging the sets of Helena Hauff, Nina Kraviz and Dave Clarke.
Reissue of this hugely in-demand collectors' piece from the annals of UK house history — the classic cut 'n' paste disco gem ‘Odyssey’ by 7th Movement. Originally released on Junior Boys Own-offshoot Jus’ Trax in 1995, ‘Odyssey’ exploited samples from Vince Montana’s concept disco piece of 1978, ‘A Dance Fantasy/Warp Factor II’ (similarly, Mood II Swing used the same sample for ‘Do It Your Way’) and the release promptly became a staple spin for the likes of MAW and Derrick May. Still sounds just as good!
More high production touches guaranteed in this latest, gleaming release from LA’s Luxxury. From bootlegs to opening for the likes of Moroder, Blake Robin’s four-piece distil rich, heady disco music that borrows a little from Daft Punk and Chic while being projected through the dreamy, hypnogogic West Coast haze. With its radio-friendly key changes and simple-yet-catchy pop vocal hook, we’re looking at crossover potential here whilst an extended version will indulge the demands of the floors in more sophisticated clubs.