Review: Aroop Roy is a producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist from the UK. Be prepared for one well funky and soul infused journey on "Talkin Bout Life" which is perfect to bring in the summer of 2017. Funky elements, a serious horns section and strong vocals hold up this brilliant track. It's a more straight ahead deep house affair on the rather evocative "We Together" and actually its the kind of track you could imagine Derrick May or Dixon playing out; there are definitely elements of 'hi-tech soul' in it. The Brisa remix of Talkin Bout Life" on the flip is a worthy addition also.
Review: House of Disco's latest essential missive comes from D'Arabia, a Bologna-based producer with one 12" to his name (2016's Red Rooster E.P on the label of the same name). "Key Lime" sounds like a life-affirming peak-time anthem in the making, featuring a snaking saxophone solo floating above "Get A Move On" style drums and a fantastically heavy bass guitar riff. The fine remix package is headed up by organic deep house veteran Patchworks, who gives the track a suitably warm and jazzy fix-up, and Crazy P man Ron Basejam, whose tasty revision predictably moves further towards jazz-funk/deep disco fusion. If you're in the mood for a more musically expansive but bumping interpretation, COEO's take is the one to check.
Review: The next one by ascendant Londoner Cody Currie comes courtesy of House Of Disco, home to great releases by artists such as Hot Toddy, Harry Wolfman and Aroop Roy. Some smokin' nu-wave antics are expressed on the terrific Italo influenced "Alpha Bravo" which opens up the A side. On the flip, he gets seriously lo-slung on the deep down and dirty funk of "Oderberger", followed by the smoky, Rhodes-led deepness of "Agony" (feat Smokin' Jones) which is perfect for getting down late at night.