Review: Self-styled "French house producer, disco cutter and horse" Chevals makes his bow on Masterworks Music following well-regarded outings on Whiskey Disco, Kolour Ltd and Editorial. To start with, he charges straight towards peak-time dancefloors via the bouncy, gospel-powered disco-house pump of "My Feet Keep Changin'", before reaching for the jaunty horns and sparkling synthesizers on a rolling house-style revision of a mid 1980s cut. "Never Will I Leave You Baby" is a hybrid re-edit/remix of an '80s soul sing-along rich in smooth chords and bubbly nu-disco bass, while closing cut "Love Somebody" wraps purple-tinted synthesizer lines and P-funk electronics around a bumping house beat. It is, like much of the rest of the EP, insatiable.
Review: French edit maestro Chevals has been busy with releases on Whiskey Disco, Kolour LTD, Tropical Disco and Editorial over the past year. That should tell you all you need to know about how seriously rated this guy is in the scene, and it's no different as he lands on Masterworks with this tasteful 10" gem. "It's Just A Feelin" is an infectiously upbeat heater that brings out the best elements of disco and house in perfect synergy. "The Way U Move" is a dreamier affair with more overt funk stylings and a subtly cosmic tint to the keys - one to get starry eyed and sway to.
Review: The latest artist to deliver a volume in digital download specialists Masterworks Music's occasional "Master Series" of vinyl EPs is Dirtytwo, a Scandinavian duo best-known for their releases on Local k and Razor 'N' Tape Reserve. A-side "Consensual" is a genuinely deep and immersive affair driven forwards by echoing electric piano stabs, hissing ride cymbals and addictive bass, all topped off by glassy-eyed vocal samples of what sounds like Motown legend Marvin Gaye. Flipside "Get Down & Get With It" is an altogether sweatier and sleazier affair, closer in tone to the pair's various loved-up and peak-time-ready singles on Local Talk. It's rather good, though we still prefer the tactile and huggable A-side.
Review: Masterworks Music mastermind 80's Child unleashes the third volume of his Masterworks compilations. This is a two-part vinyl release with the first part featuring The Funk District hailing from Cancun, who kicks off the A side with "The Funky Joint". He gets a good ol' time shuffle going before handing it over to Parisian Oldchap for a proper low-slung boogie in the form of "To The Top". On the flip, Godfather of the western Australian dance scene Dr. Packer gets down with a wicked edit on the late night sexiness of "Your Big Chance" and fellow Mexican Hotmood goes out on a high note with smokin' hot vocal number "Raw Dance".
Review: Italian legend Kiu D is back for his latest release in the form of The Journey LP. Having climbed the ranks of modern disco producers with consistent releases for the likes of Hot Digits, Special Edition and Spa In Disco, he returns to Masterworks with his fourth outing on the label. With a whopping four tracks to pick from, the Bristol based producer serves up the lo-slung '70s sleaze of "Dynamite" and the slo-mo funk loops of "The Journey" on the A side. On the flip, the deep and neon-lit nu-disco goodness of "You Don't Have To" is perfect for the late night and the EP's real highlight. As the label state best themselves, it is 'capable of tickling any punters boogie feather.'
Review: Since the dawn of the decade, Valentin "Valique" Golvachev has served up a wealth of top-selling re-works via the digital-only "V's Edits" series. Here he makes his belated return to vinyl via a four-track re-edits outing on Danny "80s Child" Worrall's Masterworks Music imprint. Predictably, the Russian scalpel fiend hits the ground running with the low-slung, late night disco-funk sleaziness of "It's Hot (Heavy Boogie edit)", before whipping off his shirt and charging towards peak-time disco territory via the rubbery grooves and soaring orchestration of "Think About It (Not Too Long Edit)". Over on the flip, "One Chain (Make No Prison Edit)" is a chugging, arpeggio-driven chunk of San Francisco electronic disco perfection, while "Love Hypnotizing' (Wanna Be Free Edit)" adds a little chunky house flavour to a heartfelt disco-soul number.