Yogtze - "Please Hold The Line" (Fred Asquith remix) (6:42)
John Noseda - "Spiral Galaxy" (6:46)
Lipelis X AC - "Central Store" (6:14)
Review: Gerd Janson's ever-green Running Back is here to inject some musical joy into your summer with a new various artists EP that brims with disco brilliance. "One Swallow Doesn't Make A Summer Part 2" is actually the follow up to a Various Artists sampler for a hypothetical mixtape that still hasn't been put together. This is big, colourful, synth laden dance with high spirits and feel good hooks right from the off - "Synergy Bar" is a tropical and leggy jam, Fred Asquith pumps a more driving house sound, "Spiritual Galaxy" rides on cosmic waves and "Central Store" is a darker, electro tinged cut for the late night hours.
Review: Given that Todd Terje's first original material in some five years resulted in one of last year's highlights with the Running Back released Ragysh, it's natural he would want to leave some space before following up. The first of a series of EPs crafted from using one bit of vintage gear in particular, It's The Arps sees Terje dabble with the intricacies of the Arp 2600 analogue synthesizer as well as pay homage to his favourite Monty Python sketch. This is just as nerdy as you'd expect from a man who recently launched a website with the specific intention of exploring the obsessive studio nature of his contemporaries. The aforementioned "Inspector Norse" is an obvious highlight here, slowly unfurling gorgeous layers of playful synthesis that grapple the simplistic drums with flirtatious delight. Naturally for someone who spends most weekends of the year in a nightclub, Terje demonstrates a real prowess for building up the track, teasing your senses once before unleashing the mid point monstrous moment. It makes for another signature track from Terje which is likely to engender a rapturous reception for many years to come. Alongside it, "Myggsommer" provides a brief, twee interlude into oddball sci fi soundscapes which again prove to highlight the Arp 2600's capacity for inventive and idiosyncratic sounds. From here Terje unveils a two part skywards saunter through "Swing Star" showcasing a more dextrous manipulation of the Arp 2600's melodies across the markedly more rhythmic upbeat first part and expansive luxurious cosmic subsequent endeavour. Whilst "Inspector Norse" is guaranteed to be the one track from this release you will hear in the international discotheques, the remainder of It's The Arps serves as a excellent reminder of Terje's ever growing talent as a producer.
Planets Of Life (Kon & Flaunt Scorpio Groove) (6:40)
Groove Game (Flaunt Edwards edit) (5:28)
Overweight (J Rocc edit) (6:27)
Review: For the uninitiated, Flaunt Edwards is one of the many artistic aliases of long-serving crate digger, DJ and beat-maker Jason Jackson AKA J-Rocc. This 12" sees him transform a trio of classic cuts from the disco and boogie era, two of which should be familiar to those with a love of late '70s and early '80s American dance music. Jackson first joins forces with pal Kon on "Planets of Life", a dubbed-out and gently beefed-up rearrangement of a killer Whispers cut that famously formed the basis of a heady house cut by The Revenge way back in 2009. Flipside opener "Groove Game" delivers a fuzzy and stomping interpretation of a weighty Hamilton Bohannon classic, while "Overweight" is a fine revision of a jaunty, horn-heavy disco delight.
Review: The latest audio missive from Funkineven's Apron camp has been receiving a lot of heat, and it's easy to see why. In typical style, both tracks take classic boogie and '80s soul jams, impressively mangling them in distinctly different ways. Mighty Baron III's "Screwed" is a "chopped and screwed" masterpiece - a fusion of sludgy, slowed-down electrfunk loops, pitched-down vocals and wonky beatbox rhythms. It's distinctively odd, but really rather special. Flip for the Sun Runners' "The Finest", a smart and melodious S.O.S Band re-edit that's been pepped up with additional drum machine hits and special effects. It will do the business on both boogie and R&B dancefloors.
Review: Multi Culti's Cult Edits series returns to bring you some saucy, sizzling surrealism from the outer reaches of the groove. Nicola Cruz is up first with the humid beatdown and transcendental acid undertones of "Cartomante". Asa Moto keeps things clammy but driving with the African pulse of "Safari Glove" while Balam takes things in a more wigged-out synthwave direction on "Carnaval Acido". Tyu's "Negra" turns the heat up higher with a massive low end throb and plenty of chuggy pressure for ultimate dancefloor escapism. Akimbo completes the package with the feverish carnival atmosphere of "Batucada", which of course piles on Latin drums and plenty more besides.
Review: The Belpaese crew are back with another round of edits celebrating strictly Italian grooves. Let's face it - there's a rich enough culture of disco and funk hailing from the Romans to keep diggers busy for a long time yet. "Ed Invece Vai" is a mid-tempo cruiser with a sweet falsetto vocal and a whimsical tone, while "Disco Astrale" ups the pace and weaves in some cosmic swishes for a particularly funky trip amongst the stars. "Prigioniero Dei Sogni" is a cool 70s workout with dramatic strings and some killer synth flex where it counts. "Fuori Un Brutto Vento" completes the set with a powerful blast of bombastic songwriting strapped to another sure shot built for the dancefloor.
Review: On his first outing for G.A.M.M some years back, Jamie 3:26 channelled the spirit of the late, great Ron Hardy on two druggy, drum machine-driven reworks that were more epic than a back-to-back screening of Ben Hur and seven-hour documentary "OJ: Made In America".This time round he's in an even more celebratory mood, first rearranging a spiralling chunk of bscure disco-funk hedonism rich in mind-altering solos, spacey synth noises and driving drums (killer A-side "Lil Sista"). Over on side B he unleashes even more energy via a bass-heavy, organ and synth-rich disco workout that he's smartly looped, rearranged and extended for heightened dancefloor pleasure. Like the rest of his re-edit output, both tracks are club-focused fire!
Steve Bender - "The Final Thing" (instrumental) (4:51)
Review: These Cosmic Discotheque compilations sure sound like they've been beamed in from the stars, judging by the deep-dive obscurities they've committed to wax for a fresh set of spinners to get busy with. Once again there's killers galore on here, from the chant-a-long "Ayayaya" by Epsilon to the classic and heavily sampled low-swinging groove of Crystal Grass' "Crystal World". There's a consistent vibe here where the party potency of disco collides with the progressive sensibilities and theatrical pomp of 70s rock, felt particularly keenly on Springblossom's "Bump" or Captain Dax's wild-eyed "Dr Beezar Soul Frankenstein". All killer, no filler.
Baz Bradley - "Something In The Night" (Piano edit) (5:40)
Buyu (Mushrooms Project edit) (4:39)
Review: The discerning diggers' disco edit label of choice is back with more tricks conjured up from the top hat of party grooves past. Magic Wand have just the kind of quality control you want in an edit label, which is no more apparent than on the slow and sticky funk of Osmose's "Pour Myself" which opens up this latest 12". Sweetooth is marginally more animated but still resolutely chill with the Balearic overtones of "Edith & The Kingpin Remake". Baz Bradley unfurls some slick funk lines embellished with ecstatic piano, while Mushroom Project's edit of "Buyu" shakes things up with a heavy dose of Latin percussion.
Review: Italian house producer JazzyFunk makes an appearance on Samosa Records with this strident, colourful slice of disco house which positively bursts out of the confines of the 10" grooves. "All Night Love" is all slick licks, MIDI brass parps and a classic diva vocal turn over the top. It builds up nicely and it drops in style, making all the moves you want to set the place alight. "Sexy Thing" has a more romantic lilt to it thanks to swooning strings and sassy sax, but peak time good times are still the order of the day so you can be sure this one pumps where it counts.