Review: Six months after their last installment, Shir Khan and Exploited drop another hot to trot collection of disco edits. As usual, there's much to excite, beginning with the familiar guitar solos, Rhodes keys and dub disco pulse of Antilope's "Singing Ghost" rework. Death On The Balcony keep up the reverb and delay-laden dub disco theme on "Addict For Your Love", whose rubbery groove, twinkling pianos and heady vocals have been expertly rearranged to fit house dancefloors. Finally, Matpat go loop crazy on the thumping disco house cut "Only You" which sits somewhere between Rahaan and Soundstream. Excellent stuff all round.
Review: The Shir Khan curated Black Jukebox series rarely disappoints, with the DJ/producer wisely choosing to showcase party-starting cuts that blur the boundaries between original production, remixes and re-edits. There's barely a duffer in sight here, with Illyus and Barrientos delivering a pair of bumpin', party-hearty cuts that recall the halcyon days of disco-sampling New York house. Over on the A-side, James Jackson and Siege steal the show by brilliantly chopping and beefing up a much-loved disco-funk staple (we'd get spanked if we gave away the source material) while Tiptoes opts for a looser and groovier interpretation of a bumpin' soul cut (the wonderful "Bird Story").
Review: Berlin based house hero Shir Khan serves up another volume in his acclaimed Black Jukebox series and we're already up to volume seventeen which is mighty impressive! On this edition we have Martin Lewis, who despite his name is actually a German dude who has released on labels like Freebase, Holic Trax and his own Profound imprint: which he founded back in 2008. He looks after things groove-wise on the A side with the funky and lo-slung hip-hop inspired deepness (dopeness!) of "Lifted" while "Feel Good" is a nice and reliable slo-mo disco edit which might sound familiar to some of you. On the flip is self described 'medicine man with shamanic powers' Aussteiger with the tough, dusted down and absolutely rolling deep house jam "Taperock" which will appeal to fans of the Robsoul Recordings sound while "Baracoa" offers up more of the same and the hypnotic melody it has happening throughout is pure magic.
Review: Round nine for the Black Jukebox series from Exploited and Shir Khan lays down the gauntlet to a new array of European and international production talent looking to take on the basements and terraces. First up is Brussels-based Mickey, who lines the A Side with two cuts; "Holding Hands"seems tailor made for the Black Jukebox series as a sultry vocal sample coaxes a perfectly placed house bassline into action, whilst "LA Anyway" finds Mickey in techier territory. Away on side B, Parisian The Makanism gets his congas out on "The Touch" which seems to pay a certain homage to the filter house style the French capital pioneered years before - can you guess the sample though? Finally we head to Philadelphia as Matpat implements another killer piano sample amidst some tough house beats and a looped up vocal hook.
Review: Shir Khan's Black Jukebox is back with its 16th edition and it's all killer no filler as we'll explain. First up the EP starts off in wicked fashion with the thumping, swing fuelled groove of Iban Montoro & Jazzman Wax's "I Believe" with its jazzy piano loops.. this one's definitely made to play! On the flip we've got the lo-slung deep groove of Dutchman Bas Roos' "Midnight People" that's just perfect for a 3 AM Chicago basement shut in or Bushwick loft party alike! Finally Soul Clap Records affiliated G Markus' "The Man From Planet Jazz" is indeed a jazzy little something, no doubt inspired by the Windy City Style.
Review: With the festive party season in full swing, Shir Khan unleashes another thrill-a-minute selection of disco-inspired workouts to get the dancefloor swinging. Bas Roos and Guy Steve kick things off with the good-time breeze of "Piece of Soul", where jazzy electric piano solos and ricocheting vocal samples ride a lolloping disco-house groove, before Freiboitar makes a stomping, French Touch style disco-house monster out of samples from one of the best-loved disco records of all time. Over on the flipside, Claus Caspar and Steve Philips whip their shirts off, reach for the poppers and lay down a stupendous slice of muscular late night disco-house. Featuring heavy, Moroder style arpeggio bass, razor-sharp disco strings and meaty house loops, "Sex Sells" is something of a sweaty party-starter.
Review: The latest volume in Shir Khan's party-starting Black Jukebox series - the 21st in total - comes from John Andersson AKA Zoo Brazil, a producer whose discography stretches right back to the turn of the Millennium. As you'd expect, all four tracks are chunky, funky, loopy and floor-friendly, with the long-serving Swede crafting bumping bangers out of choice disco loops. Some will note the influence of DJ Sneak on swinging filter disco bumper "Around and Around", while the brilliant "Hyper" makes merry with samples from what appears to be an obscure, boogie-era electrofunk jam. Elsewhere, "Alright" is a rolling workout built around a prominent guitar loop, while "Complicated" is a slightly deeper and dubbier disco-house jam.