Angayusa (Sleazy McQueen & Brian San Diego remix) (5:53)
Review: Last year Vagabundo Club Social pitched up on Lovedancing with an EP of humid and colourful club tracks that tended towards the tropical. Here, arguably the EP's strongest tracks are given the remix treatment. Label boss Sleazy McQueen features prominently. First he offers up a rolling, acid-fired take on "Pambele" full of squelchy bass, organ stabs and bustling beats, before joining forces with Brian San Diego to re-cast "Angayusa" as a trumpet-sporting slab of loopy deep house dopeness. Arguably even better though is Escort man JKriv's hybrid analogue house/cumbia revision of the same track, which bristles with weighty bass, tropical motifs and sweat-soaked Colombian drums.
Vagabundo Club Social & Sleazy McQueen - "Chips Y Salsoul" (Jacques Renault remix) (7:42)
Vagabundo Club Social - "Pambele" (Jacques Renault remix) (6:39)
Pontchartrain - "1515 Broadway Revisited" (feat Larry Love - Jacques Renault BK club remix) (6:42)
Pontchartrain - "1515 Broadway Revisited" (feat Larry Love - Jacques Renault Brooklyn BK live remix) (6:40)
Review: As the title makes clear, this tasty 12" from Lovedancing sees Brooklyn producer Jacques Renault deliver fresh interpretations of killer cuts from the label's vaults. Renault first offers up a deliciously sweaty, loose-limbed take on Vagabundo Club Social and Sleazy McQueen's "Chips Y Salsoul", placing the original's familiar electric piano motif and muted trumpet samples atop a densely layered Latin house groove, before joining the dots between dub disco and proto house on a rework of Vagabundo Club Social's "Pambele". Over on side B he delivers two takes on Pontchartrain's "1515 Broadway Revisited": a lolloping disco-house "BK Club Remix" and a "BK Live Remix" that sounds like it was done in one take, dub style, in the same manner as proto-house legend Paul Simpson's influential 1980s mixes.
Vagabundo Club Social - "Encanto Nigeriano" (6:56)
Review: The always funky Tropical Disco Records is back with a 15th fantastic instalment of feel good, playful disco sounds that have you dying for warmer days and brighter nights. It's another various artist affair as is their MO, and Moodena goes first with some horn led disco funk. Sartorial's "Together" is a breezier, beach roller with a sense of cool jazz authority that gets you feeling loved up. Monsieur Van Pratt then brings big Philly strings next to some squelchy acid synth funk before Vagabundo Club Social closes things out with the afro tinged and tribal disco groove of "Encanto Nigeriano".
Review: Given their deep-rooted knowledge of the re-edit scene, it was probably only a matter of time before the Razor 'N' Tape crew turned their attention to Colombian scalpel fiends Felipe Gordon & Vagabundo Club Social. This outing on Aaron Dae and JKriv's imprint could well be the South Americans' finest work to date. We're particularly enjoying A-side "Shakala", a gently tooled-up and dubbed-out revision of a dusty, tropical disco-funk treat rich in Fela Kuti style Afrobeat grooves, rising horns and flanged guitar riffs. That said, we've also got a lot of love for the fiery horns, bustling rhythms and warm bass of "Los Bareteros" (a revision of a well known, boogaloo-era Afro-Latin jazz dancefloor classic), as well as the similarly minded - but altogether heavier - "El Cateter".