Review: A fantastic foursome from boozy beat peddlers Whiskey Disco, the "Another Love" EP features label mates old and new. Eddie C ignites proceedings with a chubby electro boogie fused jam that pops and rolls with big disco bubbles and obese synth bass. Slide down deeper to meet label newbie Scott M who's done some serious dancefloor damage with a well-known Vernon Burch track. Further on we hit the EP title track, a Chi-town-style jacker with filtered flurries and a timeless disco house message. Finally we end on a well-spaced, loopy deep disco twist on France Joli's "Gonna Get Over You" courtesy of Pontchartrain.
Dance, (Dance, Dance) (Satisfaction, Love & Passion edit)
Be My Lover (Pontchartrain edit)
Dance With Me (Pontchartrain edit)
Review: The clue is in the title... Whiskey Disco's latest compendium "Space Dance" reminds of the many ways disco leans into the cosmos. We ignite with Hristo's softly euphoric synth escapade "X-Otic Love" before dropping deep into the salubrious strings and ABBA-ish vocals of "Dance Dance Dance". Deeper again we're flung deep into the stars with two edits from Pontchartrain... One mid 80s Detroit planet munching, analogue bashing wig-out ("Be My Lover") and one fuzzy, post-disco chugger ("Dance With Me").
Review: Based out of Detroit, Pontchartrain come forth with their debut vinyl release on the Lovedancing label after providing the highlight of a split 12" from the Whiskey Disco operation late last year. Setting the bar very high indeed, the Detroiter delivers a trio of tight, sample heavy house cuts that will ease their way into your affections and record boxes and leave neither for some time. "Burning" is a quite wondrous flip on Gwen McCrae classic "Keep The Fire Burning" that really teases out the source material over seven minutes. "Hugging" rewires Joe Thomas' "Plato's Retreat" to the extent the vocal is discarded completely whilst "Sinner" turns a Nina Simone classic into a blinding house cut. This is what edits are supposed to sound like.
Review: Detroiter Pontchartrain initially earned a reputation for delivering killer re-edits and sample-heavy house cuts that sit somewhere between remixes and original productions. This EP, though, is a little different. While it does contain a few sneaky samples here and there, it's effectively a showcase for his original productions. These are variously breezy, warm and melodious (the starry, soul-fired "Be Free"), and loopy and Balearic (the jangling Mediterranean guitars and layered percussion of "Loose"). Turn to the flip for two remixes of the title track: a rolling, riff-heavy peak-time excursion from Topher Horn and a brilliantly bass-heavy dancefloor Dub from Just Alexander.
Review: It was Memorial Day Weekend 2016, and the sun shined bright over the Detroit River. Pontchartrain stepped up to the decks at the Red Bull stage at Movement Electronic Music Festival donning his infamous "Detroit vs. Itself" t-shirt. His first song through the Rane rotary mixer was a dubplate made specifically for his set: "Afterlife". It's a brilliantly executed balearic daytime disco rework that warrants the praise of summer anthem that it's earning. On the flip is "Pool", an equally sunny slomo beatdown rework from Blair French. It's a delightful blend of cerebral and soulful, and is finally getting a release after being originally championed by Peter Croce on his Le Mellotron Paris set back in early 2018.
Lafleur - "1.1" (Peter Croce High & Tight edit) (6:51)
G2S - "Rinky Dink" (5:38)
Pontchartrain - "Gone Home" (7:25)
Review: Peter Croce's Rocksteady Disco hits its stride with its first multi-artist volume. Deep-seeded Detroit curation and sense of groovemanship, each cut has real versatility... Pontchartrain takes on George McCrea's "Rock Your Baby" with cosmic results before chugging our brains out with the rich, clunky "Gone Home", Lafleur and Croces bring out the freaky MFs in us with their slinky space jazz while G2S does that chunky slo-mo Chicago loopy thing with finesse. Rocking.
Review: A double dose of goodness here, as Whiskey Disco regulars Pontchartrain and thatmanmonkz serve up two tasty new re-edits apiece. It's the former who handles side A. He begins with the breezy, tropical-sounding disco stomp of "La Magie" - all punchy horns, classic disco bass, fizzing synth lines and glassy-eyed female vocals - before brilliantly reworking a suitably obscure disco/jazz-funk instrumental (the suitably spacey "Hey Mariposa"). Arguably even better is "Luh Me On Mi Celly", the low-slung, stretched-out dub disco revision that counts as thatmanmonkz's first contribution to the EP. His second, "Radiation Steppa", is a fizzing, synth-heavy disco-boogie number blessed with passionate male group vocals.
Review: Detroit's Pontchartrain teams up with NYC's The Silver Rider for an all American, all house and disco EP for the lovely Whiskey Disco stable - what more could you possibly want on a Thursday morning, just before the weekend? Pontchartrain takes over the A-side with two slick and sexy disco nuggets, the first a groovy soulful piece in "Work It Alright", and the second a filtered disco-house hybrid named "What You Doing To Me". On the B-side, The Rider goes in Pepe Bradock mode with "Muzik", whereas "Never Stop" is slower, jazzier, and perfectly sun-kissed. Beauts.
Sleazy McQueen & Vagabundo Club Social - "Boh!" (7:41)
The Rejected - "O Craque De Futbol" (6:50)
Pontchartrain - "Have A Little Taste" (7:04)
Review: Whiskey Disco's first missive of 2018 is something of a sweaty beast, with a quartet of producers stepping up to deliver some sticky dancefloor heat. Label chief Sleazy McQueen joins forces with Vagabundo Social Club on A-side edit "Boh!", a slamming rework of a Bohannon-esque disco-funk jam rich in hard guitar riffs and crunchy Clavinet lines. The Rejected takes a different approach on the flipside, serving up a rolling, delay-laden tweak of celebratory, soccer-themed Brazilian club jam "O Craque De Futbol". Sunny, funky and low-slung, it's accompanied on side B by the gently housed-up swamp funk of Pontchartrain's "Have a Little Taste". Given the quality of the EP, we're more than happy to follow that instruction.