Bryan Jones - "Part Of The Game" (DJ Dan remix) (6:12)
DJ Dan - "Conjunction Funktion" (6:08)
DJ Dan - "Command Your Soul" (6:04)
Review: US vet DJ Dan is back once again with the Slammin Trax series, bringing some of his spiciest originals and remixes onto vinyl for maximum party damage. "Engine No 9" does a fine job of chopping up a classic hip hop vocal lick and strapping it to a chunky big room house jam. Dan's remix of Bryan Jones brings even bigger levels of hype, not least around the monster breakdown and drop. "Conjunction Funktion" brings a more flamboyant funky flavour to the table without losing that massive impact, and "Command Your Soul" fires off a plethora of riotous licks, samples, hits and stabs while keeping the funk at the forefront.
Review: During a record digging trip to South Africa a year or two back, Rush Hour co-founder Antal stumbled on an obscure local cover of Klein & MBO's Ron Hardy and Larry Levan favourite, "The MBO Theme". The Warrior version, which was recorded at some point in the early '80s, is a little slower and breezier than Klein and MBO's original, with even finer fretless bass flavours and the track's famous melodies re-played on some particularly spacey synthesizers. Helpfully, the Klein & MBO version is on the A-side, so you can easily compare the two: Warriors' little known cover is definitely our pick of the pair.
Shit Hot Soundsystem - "Shit Goes 2 Minneapolis" (8:02)
Review: Burgeoning Italian imprint Samosa quite literally kick off a new year with purpose as they launch this exciting new V/A EP series "Funk Purpose". Onside are a motley collective of allied editors who dig deep, far and wide for these four party essentials. Lego Edit instantly gets fruity with his Faze O style hazy organs and loose guitar loop, C Da Afro gets super freaky on the chugged out early 80s funk fire "The Disco Freak" while Will Hofbauer goes in express mode with a full sleazy and slinked out strutter. Finally Shit Hot Soundsystem stirs up a fantastic controversial finale. Princely.
Lonnie Liston Smith - "Space Princess" (JN Space Goddess mix) (10:44)
Lonnie Liston Smith - "Space Princess" (JN Break mix) (3:52)
Gwen McCrae - "Keep The Fire Burning" (JN Special dub #3) (6:49)
Wardell Piper - "The Power Of Love" (JN Power Of The Boogie mix) (7:11)
Review: Thanks to soaring demand on the second-hand market, Joey Negro has decided to re-press this killer collection of disco remixes that originally appeared on a limited-edition Record Store Day release. All four were created, but not released, during the making of his superb Remixed With Love albums. The A-side boasts two versions of Lonnie Liston Smith classic "Space Princess"; an epic, peak-time disco revision and a brilliant beats version (the "Break Mix"") that consists of little more than punchy percussion, trippy effects and bags of energy. Turn to the flip for Negro's impeccably delay-laden, New York style dub of Gwen McCrae's "Keep The Fire Burning" and a spine-tingling, sing-along rearrangement of Wardell Piper's lesser-celebrated disco-boogie classic "The Power of Love".
Sheila & B Devotion - "Spacer" (instrumental edit)
Wally Badarou - "Endless Race" (edit)
Charles Amoah - "Scratch My Back" (edit)
Atlantic Starr - "Love Moves" (edit)
Review: Boogie Down Express got off to a flyer with that rather tasty 7" shaped package of edited Herbie Hancock delights, and the mystery label's second release sees them graduate to the 12" format for a further demonstration of their cutting skills. Sheila & B Devotion's famous Chic collaboration "Spacer" leads and in the hands of Boogie Down Express, the track becomes a floor-focused edit with the emphasis on the groove and hook which guarantees instant attraction without being too cheesy. Dig deeper for the supreme falsetto funk of Atlantic Starr, highlife electro boogie from Charles Amoah and superb synth cosmic funk of Wally Badarou. Four examples of great edit artistry at play, Boogie Down Express we salute you!
Walter Whisenhunt Orchestra - "Love Is A Hurting Thing" (feat Gloria Ann Taylor) (7:18)
Review: Sometimes, incredibly rare and expensive records don't live up to the hype. We can safely say that Gloria Ann Taylor's "Deep Inside You"- a superb, disco-era chunk of sexually charged soul - is not one of those records. Very few original copies were pressed, which not only explains the eye-watering second-hand prices but also the numerous bootlegs that have appeared over the years. This, then, is the record's first licensed reissue. It's worth picking up, not only for the sublime title track, but also for bonus cuts "What's Your World" - a laidback, super-sweet chunk of laidback West Coast soul - and the lushly orchestrated "Love Is A Hurting Thing".
Review: Since launching back in 2015, the Dewaele brothers' Waffles series has been responsible for some of the best re-edits around. The series' genius lies not in the floor-friendly nature of the showcased reworks - that goes without saying - but in the unashamedly weird and wonderful source material the Belgian siblings choose to play around with. Few will know the original version of "Poland Waffle", a sludgy and sleazy mutant disco workout full of heavy, dub disco style bass, hypnotic drums, alien electronics and a half-sung, half-whispered vocal refrain ("Red light... blue light"). As for "Croatia White", you'll struggle to find a more muscular and mind-altering chunk of post-Italo European disco. In other words, this serving of Waffles is every bit as tasty as its predecessors.
Review: New artist Daniel Wainwright brings his psychedelic vibrations to Is It Balearic ...? Doing It is a slow motion sleazy trip into the acid house. Swirling vocals and psyched out guitars melt into chuggy acid beats and effects. Coyote up the tempo a touch and strip back the whole track on their remix. Dubby vocal samples and muted guitar groove along to an acidic finale. The second remix is a real thing of beauty from Mushrooms Project. Keeping the same slow tempo and adding space and texture with mellow guitars and extra sitar. A subtlely developing tribal workout. Groovy man.
Review: Nina Walsh was Andrew Weatherall's long time studio partner. Together they worked as the Woodleigh Research Facility and one of their last projects was the tracks that make up the first release on this new label by Moton Records Inc's Dave Jarvis and Darren House. Weatherall wrote the four tacks with assistance from Walsh and of course they are chugging, sparkling, dark disco groovers for the slow motion lovers and astral dreamers out there. "The Moton 5" sets a darkened mood while "Slap & Slide" is all about the trippy lead riff and cosmic synth sounds, "March Violets" is then riddled with twitches, flashes and speaks of brightness before "The Moton 5.2" sinks into a shuffling dub disco swagger.
Review: Certainly, in terms of the current state of the environment, the title of this Oscar Weathers gem couldn't be more true. While that is a sobering sentiment, the tune he serves up is far from it - dazzling disco synths, big horn leads and noodling fun bass keeps you moving nonstop from the first beat to the last drop. On the flip is the slightly lower slung "Countdown", this time with meandering lead synths that bring a retro-futuristic soul to his deep cut rhythm section. Well done Fantasy Love on another choice reissue of this essential slice of soul.
Review: In 2016, Family Groove Records released a 12" of previously unheard 1979 demo recordings by Webster Station, a boogie-funk band from Dayton, Ohio whose studio efforts were initially binned by Warner Brothers for not being commercial enough. Demand for Family Groove's limited 12" of their recordings has remained high, so the label has decided to do a reissue. There's much to admire throughout, from the high-octane thrills of opener "Are You For Real" and the spacey warmth of the super-soulful "Can You Feel My Love", to the sugary sweetness of the Latin tinged ballad "Lady" and righteous closer "If You Feel Like Dancing", a killer combination of spacey synths, crunchy drums, urgent vocals and killer Clavinet lines.
Review: Malmo's Honey Butter Records is run by Sune & Vitamin D, and they call out to friends from far and wide on their new various artists EP. 'Pelican Disco' features five tracks that range from jovial jazz and disco delights to downright machine stomp. Starting with Liverpool's Lucas Welle (Roots For Bloom) who delivers the lo-slung groove that is "By All Means", while Just Baker also appears on the A aide with the late night boogie-down antics of "Dreamin'". On the flip, we've got Tilman & Will Buck with some rather hypnotic slo-mo percussive action on "Untitled Island" followed by Aussie larrikin Jad & The with the emotive deepness of "Phife Tip".
Review: A brief glance at a high-profile second-hand vinyl website confirms that original copies of Henry Wenceslas Thenard's obscure 1985 zouk cut "Ne Dis Pas Cela" (or, as we say in English, "Don't Say That") are not only incredibly hard to come by, but also change hands for extortionate amounts. This reissue, then, is rather handy for those without super-sized record-buying budgets. Thenard's jaunty, horn-heavy and sun-kissed original version resides on the A-side, with Mr Bird providing fresh reworks on the flip. On his "Rework", the French scene veteran gives the cut a disco-zouk feel, placing choice elements of Thenard's original mix (mainly the horns and vocals) above a chunky new beat. That beat naturally comes to the fore on his admirably percussive DJ Tool.
Review: Those heavyweight funksters at West Loop Chicago are back again with more crucial heat for your boogie bag. This time the mysterious international cabal of edit heads have slipped from City Volts over to Vong45 - a label that may or may not also be under their control. The name tells you all you need to know - seven sweet minutes of luxurious grooves edited with a soft touch to keep the musicality smooth and flowing across both sides of this 7". Anyone who takes the classic '70s sound seriously will be jamming to this - buttery smooth and hot as hell, just how we like it.
Review: LCD Soundsystem and The Juan Maclean muse Nancy Whang heads to the north of England to create two consummate disco covers. First up is a cover of Dennis Parker's "Like An Eagle", a track that gave us one of house music's most timeless vocal samples. Audiojack's beats are a space-aged carpet ride into the furthest of cosmoses while Nancy's voice wafts dreamily in and out of the modulations. Next up; collaboration with PBR Streetgang's Bonar Bradberry with a cover of Donna Summer's "Working The Midnight Shift". Slow and sultry, Bonar's synths purr and skulk as Nancy's delivery takes centre stage with a full dynamic range. For added pleasure, Gomma have also delivered a killer jacking bass house remix from Black Loops and Maik Yells. Gomma have gone the extra mile on this one!
Review: The PPU-affiliated Cosmic Chronic label rolls out some more of that deep cover boogie funk business from the hitherto unknown Junior Williams. Information is scant on whether this is a dusted down archive find (highly likely) or a modern, faithful reboot of the 80s Miami sound, but what does it matter when the funk is this real? "Cash Maniac" is a slow jam with that sweet Moog b-line and plenty of reverb on the backing vocals to send you spinning into the stratosphere. "Pennywise" on the flip will smack you up sharp after that with some hi-octane slapping n' popping funk that would give Rick James the heebie jeebies.
Review: During the "rare groove" boom in London during the 1980s, Linda Williams' 1979 album track "Elevate Our Minds" became something of an anthem. Curiously, it was never released as a single at the time, making this surprise 7" edition something of a bonus for those still searching for the track. It remains a fine song, with Williams' brilliant vocals rising above bossa-influenced beats, warm bass, luscious boogie orchestration and gentle Latin style horn lines. The flipside features "City Living", the title track from the very same 1979 LP that "Elevate Our Minds" was taken. It's far funkier and more elastic in feel, with horn arrangements and a chunky groove reminiscent of some Teena Marie tracks from the same period.
Greg Wilson - "Summer Came My Way" (feat The Reynolds - Luxxury mix) (9:17)
Oddfellow's Casino - "The Ghosts Of Watling Street" (Greg Wilson & Peza mix) (5:18)
The Super Weird Society - "Gone With The Vibe" (Henry extended mix) (4:50)
The Reynolds - "Don’t You Worry Baby The Best Is Yet To Come" (Greg Wilson & Peza mix) (8:46)
Review: As the title suggests, Super Weird Select Volume 1 gathers together some of the most sought-after cuts on Greg Wilson's growing Super Weird Substance label. First up is Luxxury's deliciously languid, poolside nu-disco take on Wilson's own "Summer Came My Way", featuring the attractive and cheery vocals of regular collaborators The Reynolds. Wilson and Peza's rework of "The Ghosts of Watling Street" by Oddfellow's Casino is a gently acid-flecked nu-disco shuffler, while the Henry Extended Mix of The Superb Weird Society's "Gone With The Vibe" is a p-funk flavoured electrofunk workout. Arguably best of all, though, is the classic disco soulfulness of Wilson and Peza's closing remix of The Reynolds' Bessie Banks cover, "Don't You Worry Baby The Best Is Yet To Come".
Review: It would be fair to say that Michael Wilson's "Groove It To Your Body" is not one of the most celebrated tracks in the Prelude Records catalogue. It's still a killer cut, though, as this reissue proves. Reprising the same running order as the original 1982 12", which was mixed by Prelude's regular desk-man Francois Kevorkian, it kicks off with a full vocal version that layers Wilson's impassioned singing, harps and reverb-laden sax lines over a hybrid disco-funk/electrofunk groove. Full of crunchy Clavinet lines, Bohannon-style guitar riffs and bulging basslines, it's a track full of fine musical details that still packs serious dancefloor punch. Over on side B you'll find Kevorkian's delay-laden Instrumental mix, which naturally flits between groove-based sections and delightfully over the top musical wig-outs.