James Brown - "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" (DJP edit) (3:44)
Eddie Floyd - "Knock On Wood" (DJP edit) (3:59)
Review: Flipping heck! Soul Flip invite everyone's favourite big glasses wearing editor DJP to the fold for some twists on two seminal, genre-affirming party joints. James Brown's "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" gets a cheeky beat facelift with a fresh set of peppy breaks while Eddie Floyd's tree chopping sing-along enjoys a similar mix-friendly shake-up with a slower, roomier drum arrangement ensuring all the power of the '67 original is kept in check. Flip some switches.
Marvin Gaye - "It's Not Unusual" (Soul Flip edit) (3:17)
Sam & Dave - "Soul Sister, Brown Sugar" (Soul Flip edit) (3:17)
Review: So, who is in the mood for some "soul-powered edits" from veteran DJ/producer combo Del Gazeebo and Aldo Vanucci? That's the premise behind the duo's freshly minted Soul Flip label and this debut seven-inch. As you might expect, the scalpel style edits pay due respect to their source material, extending drum breaks and tidily tightening up the grooves for easier DJ use. On the A-side you'll find a particularly on-point, occasionally dubbed-out version of Marvin Gaye's lesser-known cover of "It's Not Unusual" that's worth the entrance fee on its own. Turn to the flip for a noticeably heavy, stomping take on Sam and Dave favourite "Soul Sister Brown Sugar" that sneakily uses effects and editing tricks to ratchet up the energy levels.
The Jackson 5 - "The Love You Save" (Del Gazebo & Aldo Vanucci Soul Flip edit) (4:19)
Joy Lovejoy - "In Orbit" (Del Gazebo & Aldo Vanucci Soul Flip edit) (3:54)
Review: Two hearty party starters from Gazebo & Vanucci. On the A we dig deep into golden era Motown with The Jackson 5's fourth number one single. Swinging breaks, Jackson's falsetto and some classic scat backing vocals from the rest of the Jackson clan, it's a lesser known thriller "The Love You Save". On the B we go back three more years to 67 for Joy Lovejoy's debut on Chess subsidiary Checker. A relentless northern soul jam with urgent vocals from Joy backed up by supreme horn action, it's another expert edit from the Soul Flip stable.
Etta James & Sugar Pie Desanto - "In The Basement" (Soul Flip edit) (3:20)
John Gary Williams - "My Sweet Lord" (Soul Flip edit) (3:59)
Review: On their latest limited edition salvo, the hardworking Soul Flip crew (AKA experienced DJs and producers Aldo Vanucci and Del Gazeebo) gets to work on two more stomping dancefloor cuts from the golden age of soul. First up on side A is a gently tooled-up and tightened up take on Etta James and Sugar Pie DeSanto's 1966 floor-heater "In The Basement", a hybrid soul-jazz/rhythm and blues jam rich in rubbery double bass, bustling drums, restless handclaps and brilliant lead vocals from the two legendary soul singers. On the flip they tackle Memphis musician John Gary Williams' 1972 cover of George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord", which brilliantly re-imagines the former Beatles' spiritual song as a sweaty gospel-soul stomper.
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - "I Can't Dance To That Music You're Playing" (Soul Flip edit) (3:58)
Sugar Pie Desanto - "Go Go Power" (Soul Flip edit) (4:19)
Review: More cheeky 45 party power from Aldo Vanucci and Del Gazeebo as they hit their third Soul Flip edit release of the year. Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 1968 letter to gabber DJs of the future "I Can't Dance To That Music You're Playing" gets a subtle stomp in the beat department while Sugar Pie Desanto's 1966 R&B pant swinger "Go Go Power" gets the extension its also deserved. Go go Soul Flip.
Aretha Franklin - "A Change" (Soul Flip edit) (3:36)
Review: Vanucci and Gazeebo's Soul Flip guise cracks its editing knuckles for a second roll of the party dice and the results are every bit as funky as you'd expect. Edwin Starr's 1968 super-funk belt-out gets supersized with a rolling big beat break while Aretha Franklin's formidable rhythm & blues stomper "A Change" is given a subtle thrusting for modern day floors. Absolute dynamite.
The Temptations - "I Can't Get Next To You" (Wonderlove re-edit) (3:54)
Jack Hammer - "Swim" (Wonderlove short re-edit) (3:55)
Review: Wonderlove is the re-editor at the controls for the latest edition of the Soul Flip reworks series, which this time boasts tidy rearrangements of killer cuts from the Temptations and Jack Hammer. It's the former's 1969 single "I Can't Get Next To You" that gets the rework treatment first, with Wonderlove making merry with the track's jangling piano riffs, hybrid rock/soul groove, insatiable vocals and much-sampled drum breaks (which get extended for added dancefloor pleasure). If you're in the mood for something heavier and fuzzier, the "Short Re-Edit" of Jack Hammer's insatiable, spiraling funk workout "Swim" will have you dancing like you've got ants in your pants.