Review: Earlier in the year, Samosa Records launched the "Funk Purpose" series via a multi-artist collection of top-notch edits. Volume two will be released in several parts, with this rock solid EP the first to drop. Glaswegian scalpel fiend Al Kent kicks things off with "Where", a superb traditionalist rearrangement of a soaring, orchestrated disco-funk cut that has the potential to become a screaming, soul-fired anthem this summer. Raw Slavs opt for a loose and groovy, slightly housed-up vibe on their succulent disco re-edit, "Born In R", before the Tropical Disco Records crew takes on side B. Moodena and Sartorial's "Got That Feeling" is a bumpin' disco-house revision of a soulful disco groover, while Hotmood's "700 Copies" is a deep, bass-heavy jaunt through cowbell-laden jazz-funk/house fusion.
Review: By now we should all know what to expect from the Tropical Disco Records collective: namely respectable floor-friendly re-edits underpinned by chunky house drums. Moodena handles the A-side, first tidying up and beefing up a disco-funk jam rich in life-affirming piano solos ("What Da Funk"), before reaching for the filter sweeps on the trumpet, trombone and saxophone-laden Brazilian disco flex of "The Horns". Over on side B, Sammy Deuce dons his hot pants for a cheery romp through string-laden disco-house territory ("Smack My Strings Up") before Sartorial rounds things off with his filter disco house edit on the infectious rolling, peak-time friendly romp that is "Little Love".
Gledd & The Funk District - "Late At Midnight" (5:49)
Review: London's Tropical Disco are back with their eleventh edition of superb edits. All re-spliced and remixed with precision and above all - respectf! First up is label boss Tim Burnett aka Moodena who reuses a rather familiar hook on the funked-up brass section of "The Chase", followed by the lo-slung and sultry late night business of "Addicted To You" by Alex Satrorial on the A side. On the flip, we have got Parisian Chevals (Masterworks/Hotwax) going deep on the sensual boogie-down groove of "Saturn In Tropical" followed by an oldie but a goodie in the form of Gledd & The Funk District's "Late At Night".
Review: The Tropical Disco crew is back with more disco funk from all around the world. Moodena opens up with "Jezebel" with its big horn stabs and knotted bass riffs that will make you move and groove. Sartorial ups the sexy sax, pump the drums and get steamy on "Night Shade" before things take a more cool and breezy turn on the sliding and gliding grooves of Conan Liquid Presents The Crates Motel Collective's "Gotta Scratch". For those who like the big licks, stomping kicks and diva cries, Igor Gonya comes through with some gold to close things out.
Review: Tropical Disco are back with Volume 13, unveiling four cuts of disco-house dancefloor shakers on the ever-burgeoning imprint. As a deep, party starting package for jazzed out, groove loving freaks, this one is essential! On the A side label boss Moodena steps up with the funky and lo-slung party starter "Do What You Wanna Do" which is perfect to set the mood, followed by co-head Sartorial on the sultry and hypnotic disco loops of "Kool Geeza". On the flip, Austrian artist Munky Fike goes full on Latin with a wicked brass section on "Funky Disco Queen" before San Diego based production duo Castle Queenside return to the label to round things out with the sun kissed "You've Always Been".
Review: With only a few months between releases, Tropical Disco have gone from zero to disco heroes in just over 18 months. And it's not hard to hear why; proper digging, chunky cuts and full dancefloor focus as the label founders Sartorial (Alex Sartori) and Moodena (Tim Burnett) invite two new label crewmates to the party deck; Phazed Groove and C Da Afro. Each sailor bringing a different vibe from pure, uncut boogie to thumping Chi-town jazz-licked house, it's yet another perfect voyage. Balmy army!
Sartorial & Simon Kennedy - "Got You The Floor" (6:54)
Sartorial - "Electric Lane" (5:58)
Review: At the time of writing, Britain is basking in what feels like its 79th consecutive day of baking hot sunshine. What could be better, then, than another dose of tropical disco reworks from Sartorial and Moodena's fast-rising Tropical Disco imprint? Certainly, we can see a few open-air parties going wild to the impeccable piano solos and George Benson style jazz guitars of Moodeena's gently housed-up opener "Strawberry Jam", while Sartorial's "Feel It" is an urgent, guitar-laden rework of a familiar disco-funk favourite that should get things going on recognition factor alone. On the flip, Sartorial and Simon Kennedy successfully play around with a Pleasure-esque, jazz-funk-meets-disco number ("Got You The Floor"), before Sartorial gets the filters out for a tops-off dance through jazzy disco territory ("Electric Lane").
Review: Tropical Disco main men Sartorial and Moodena return with a sixth volume in their ongoing Tropical Edits series. As always, there's much to enjoy, with the duo successfully beefing up and dubbing out some killer cuts in typical disco-house fashion. Sartorial handles the A-side, following the slowly rising orchestral disco grandiosity of "Just For You" with the fuzzy and distorted disco-funk bounce of "Sweet Music". Moodena provides the EP's most deliciously summery moment in the shape of the jazz guitar solos and twinkling pianos of jaunty jazz-funk/disco number "Jupiter Rising", before closing with the impressive "Boogie Monsta", a formidably fuzzy, rock-tinged fusion of bouncy beats, Fatback Band style horns and urgent boogie-woogie piano.
Kikko Esse & Emanuele Del Carmine - "Departure" (9:10)
Review: There's little subtleties about the Tropical Disco crew's re-edits - think additional house drums, filter sweeps and occasional dub delays - but there's no doubting their effectiveness. If you're still unsure, check the collective's latest EP, the 14th in total. Sartorial steps up first with the rubbery, French Touch style disco-house thrust of "So Much", before Moodena sticks locked-in house beats beneath a deep disco groover on "All Night Long". Arguably even better is Chevals' "Funky With Me", a swinging revision of an organ-sporting boogie era funk wiggler, while Kikko Esse and Emanuele Del Carmine's "Departure" is a trumpet-sporting chunk of Latin deep house brilliance rich in electric piano solos and layered South American percussion.
Review: Sartorial and Moodena's Tropical Disco imprint has become a go-to label for discerning house and disco lovers around the world to devour. On their label's 12th edition, main man Sartorial kicks things off with the thumping, Latin-inflected summer scorcher "Fat Freddy's Party", co-head Moodena takes charge of the second track, bringing a softer sound palette full of '80s energy, blessed keys, signature feisty horns and nifty filter sweeps on "No More Sushi". The enigmatic Phazed Groove takes over the B side with stylish night moves, dishing up a respectful edit of a timeless classic on "Sweet Talker" and some sultry deepness on the familiar deep house groove of "Sunshine".
Review: The Tropical Disco Records crew doesn't let up. They've only been operative since 2017, but they've already reached volume 16 in their ongoing vinyl series. This time round, the standout highlights come from label headsSartorial and Moodena. The former kicks things off with the all-action goodness of "Disco Biscuit", a hybrid disco/boogie cut rich in kaleidoscopic synth sounds, dazzling guitar riffs, rubbery synth-bass and booming new house drums. Moodena's "Papi Chulo" is similarly slamming - rhythmically at least - with the producer layering simmering strings, elastic slap bass, wild Hammond organ solos and dreamy deep house chords over more hot-to-trot house beats. The flipside edits by Phazed Groove and Castle Queenside are solid, too, though it's the A-side versions that hit home hardest.
Review: London based Tropical Disco is run by Sartorial (Alex Sartori) and Moodena (Tim Burnett) and in a short time they have built up their project to be one of the go-to labels for quality repurposed disco, soul, funk and jazz. They're back on wax for this edition with 3 summer-ready cuts. Uplifting opener "Key Me Up" and sexy dancefloor explosion "Dumplings Over Flowers" which features a mad brass section take the A side while on the flip, they call upon Sould Out who gets properly lo-slung on the dirty late-night groove "Vamos Baby!" before the label heads come together to deliver the feel good, jazzy closer "Come Get It".