Javaroo / Marti Caine
Breakin In /Love The Way You Love Me (Velvet Season & The Hearts Of Gold Remixes)
Giving themselves the almost impossible task of remixing disco perfection, Joel and Gerry come off as heroes, with killer remixes of these two gems from the early '80s produced by UK hitmaker, Barry Blue. A favourite DJ Harvey spin, the super-rare ‘Breakin In’ by Javaroo gets some drama added, with Velvet Season focusing on the original's opulent string arrangement, while the accompanying version of ‘Love The Way You Love Me ‘ by light entertainment queen, Marti Caine, extends its sizzling mid-tempo strut.
'Falling In Love/Stop Holding Back'
The legendary NYC disco label goes back through the archives again and reissues this classic boogie tune in its famed Shep Pettibone remix form. It’s rare that boogie gets catchier than this: it crossed over upon its release in the summer of 1983. Notably, this reissue features their one tune that’s huge on the want lists (only ever seeing a rare Unidisc reissue in 1999), the heartbreaking ‘Stop Holding Back’, that has another fine vocal performance from the late Karen Copeland. Essential release.
'Fifty Dollar Bills'
Following on from that insanely good/mad 12” on Ivan Smagghe’s Les Disques de la Mort, Paranoid London’s Mutado Pintado and Quinn Whalley further their eccentric Sworn Virgins project. The lead track is an oddball filtered disco tune (we’re NOT talking DJ Sneak here, folks) offset by Pintado’s echoing falsetto. It’s creepy like an Aural Exciters tune and would fit perfectly on Ze Records if it were still functioning today. ‘Burning Off My Clothes’ is straighter in comparison: a proto-house groove that’s, again, skewed by Pintado’s theatrical vocal. More originality in club music like this please.
'Meet Me On The Corner (inc. Crazy P remix)'
Wah Wah 45s
Working the disco vibe here are Crazy P, flipping Honeyfeet’s heavy soul standout from their album debut of earlier this year. Channeling the spirit of Compass Point Studios, Crazy P’s breezy island style disco mix of ‘Meet Me On The Corner’ goes in hard with the funk and Balearic touches — even more so on their dub mix. A chipper jazz funk version from Russian producer I Gemin rounds off a tidy remix package.
The duo drop this three-track EP that’s less the quirky death-disco of their excellent ‘Beach Goths’ album and more the direct club fodder that you’d expect to hear on Phantasy Sound. Just as detailed as any other great Red Axes release, ‘Sipoor’ dips in and out of tense, grinding EBM techno and eccentric industrial synth instrumentals. Alongside their labelmates, Cowboy Rhythmbox, Red Axes just keep scoring these brilliantly original and functional releases. Top stuff.
'So/Insecure Me/A Man Could Get Lost (Remixes)'
Big Frock Rekords
Forty years on from Marc Almond and Dave Ball forming their cult synth-pop group Soft Cell, the duo look back and select some early material for this brand-new remix release. Picking key tracks from '82’s ‘Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing’ era, they call on Hifi Sean and Jon Pleased Wimmin to bring these tracks up to date. Hifi Sean tackles the energetic pop of ‘Insecure Me’ with not too much to add; the drums tweaked and the bassline replaced with a bouncy acid sequence. Shouts to ‘handbag house’ legend, Jon Pleased Wimmin with a show stopping Hi-NRG remix of ‘A Man Could Get Lost’.
Vive La Musique
Aroop Roy’s Vive La Musique focuses on a rare Zouk/island disco tune from the mid-'80s that’s seemingly been somewhat of a myth before this very welcome reissue. There’s no doubt that this has massive crossover potential during the current season: the mid-tempo, rousing brass and sophisticated keys provide the right elements for the international festivals and hot dancefloor moments. Includes a remix from Roy, who tweaks the tempo but considers the original (a strong remix that pulls the original up to date), as Rainer Truby and co, as Truccy, add subtle additions to their edit.
'Warm Yellow Stickers'
Having released for the likes of Strictly Rhythm, Defected and Moodymann’s Mahogani label, established production talent from Tel Aviv, Obas Nenor, now turns to release on his own Nenorion imprint. The four tracks of ‘Warm Yellow Stickers’ are loose, plucky and fun disco/boogie tunes that eschew cold, digital programming for live sequences played on actual instruments (there’s a novel idea). Check the '80s style strutting soul jam, ‘Wrapped In Plastic’ next to the space boogie of ‘Everybody’ and the growling funk of ‘Movin’’. Classy.