Review: Will Buck makes his bow on Whiskey Disco after appearing on sister label Lovedancing (with PRTMNTO) on the Soul Sides EP ?last year. Buck is in fine form again on this new offering, opening with the infectious groove of "21212" (listen out for a familiar hook that has been respliced to perfection) - topped with a killer brass section, too! Elsewhere on the EP, move to the sexy late-night deep house of "Touch Down", sultry vocal disco on "Make Your Move" and the aptly titled after-hours shuffle of "Harmony (6AM Mix)", reworked by label head honcho Sleazy McQueen himself.
Review: Sometime Better Listen, Homage and Kolour LTD producer Chevals makes his bow on Whiskey Disco with a quartet of perfectly pitched re-edits. The French artist begins with the lolloping deep house-disco bounce of "La Bouteille", where jammed-out electric piano lines and rising horn motifs increase in prominence thoughout. It's rather good, all told, as is the shirts-off, hands-aloft soaring disco soul of "Under Your Command", which sounds like one of those edits that will create pandemonium if dropped at the right time. Over on the flipside, "Fairy Tales" is a slick and soulful take on an '80s soul-era electrofunk shuffler, while "Croisades" is a punch-drunk dance through horn-heavy disco-funk pastures.
Anthony Mansfield & DJ M3 - "It's Too Late" (5:36)
Gledd - "When You Move" (6:21)
Review: Sleazy McQueen presents another wicked serving of Disco deviance on the always reliable Whiskey Disco. The North Carolina based imprint's 57th edition gives us four more surefire disco edits by the likes of Tony Chocoloney from Melbourne, Australia who gives us some funked-up soulpower on "Less Groove", Ukrainian Alex Zuiev gives us a loungey kinda something' on the tres chic "Valentina" and Anthony Mansfield delivers an unrepentant use of sleek filter sweeps throughout the slo-mo antics of "It's Too Late" featuring a bit of help from good buddy DJ M3.
Review: Whiskey Disco's latest fun-time excursion comes courtesy of Kayroy, a Melbourne-based producer who has never before released music on vinyl. As wax debuts go, "Pavlova Casanova" is very strong, with the up-and-coming producer serving up a quartet of heavy peak-time disco treats. Particularly potent is raging A-side "Like Damn!", an all-action affair that stretches out and beefs up a killer old chunk of high-tempo disco with audible Latin flourishes. Title track "Pavlova Casanova" is a slightly sweeter but no less thrilling affair crafted from what sounds like a familiar disco staple, while "Sandy Shackles" gets just the right balance between guitar-flecked disco sweetness, dubby boogie brilliance and rolling peak-time house.
Review: It would be safe to say that Kayroy (real name Finian Langham) is on a roll. This is his third must-have EP of 2019 and his second outing on Whiskey Disco. It begins with "Rosella", a superb revision of Crown Heights Affair's "Say a Prayer" that strips out most of the vocals and layers up tasteful overdubs to give the track a more cosmic and dubbed-out feel. "You're The Reason Why" is a loopy but groovy rearrangement of a dewy-eyed laidback disco classic, while "Silk & Satin" is a riotous rework of a heavy disco-funk number rich in sharp, rising horn lines, screaming guitars, sweaty drums and toasty bass. Arguably best of all, though, is the fizzing, dubbed out Italo-disco-goes-poodle-perm-rock insanity of "One Night In Prague".
Review: From the tropics comes Whiskey Disco, a sneaky re-edit label bent on dredging the decanter for diffident dancefloor genius from latent disco perpetrators. It's loosely connected to Sleazy McQueen and his assorted cohorts. On the A side we have the one and only Osmose: DJ, digger, sound designer & producer but most of all: the originator of the Osmose Sound 7" Vinyl Record Stabilizer. He throws down some late night, deep down boogie business (on the very soulful tip) for the A side. On the flip, Thoma Cher makes his debut with some neon lit 80s disco vibes on "All You Need" while "Fright Night" is more on the Italo angle.
Review: Whiskey Disco tap up Robert Ouimet, a man mooted as the godfather of Montreal disco. His DJ career may reach back to the '80s, but it's only in the past year he's been dipping his toe into the world of edits. Luckily the man has some serious knowledge on deep cuts and the right way to work them, so that's what you get in full force on this excellent 12". "Space Love" is a heavy instrumental workout with a surging rhythm section and some utterly deadly keys nimbly flexing over the top of the jam. "Love Disco" is a big and bold vocal, "Inside Lookin In" is a raunchy stomper and "Waiting On Love" takes things in a jazz funk direction. Whichever track tickles your fancy at any given time, these are all classily edited party favours for peak time hours.
Review: We've been very impressed with the re-edits of Toronto based party-starters the Patchouli Brothers. This four-tracker marks their first appearance on Whiskey Disco, and comes on the back of a run of killer 12" singles on Basic Fingers. They hit the ground running with elastic EP opener "He Wonders", where fiendishly exotic synthesizer lines and hazy, misty-eyed vocals ride bouncy beats and rubbery bass guitar, before sauntering off into horn-heavy deep disco-funk territory on "A Mighty Joy". The fun continues on the flipside, where the formidably fuzzy, off-kilter warmth of tropical disco stepper "Can't Stop Christy" is joined by the classic disco flex of fantastic closing track "Take You There".
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: Finn Bernhard Tellefsen has been serving up sizzling edits on his own imprint for the best part of five years, so it's arguably little surprise to find him showcasing his wares on Whiskey Disco - an edit imprint that tends to recruit the cream of the crop. The Norwegian producer first offers up "Kjempegreie", a surprisingly spaced-out sounding revision of a percussion-laden European fusion of synth-pop and dub disco that sounds like it was initially recorded (and released) in the early 1980s. Over on the flip Tellefsen dances (and dubs) his way through a deliciously camp, high energy disco number ("Never Gonna Be The Same"), before rearranging and beefing up a more sweet and soulful disco number ("True Love").
Review: Bottoms up! The Silver Rider and the Funk District saddle up for a two-way trip on the latest Whiskey Disco joint. Texan transdimensional traveller Silver Rider steps up for the A with a main course and a punchy side plate. "Woman" is a big War-style disco funk piece with precision spoken vocals and horns while "Hustle Up" is a stripped back wriggling bassline DJ tool guaranteed to disarm. Flip for the B to a trip into the heart of Mexico as the Funk District fires heated shots: "Imaki Ra Reo" is straight up Latin disco while "The Root Of Evil" takes us on an African International adventure for a stunning afrobeat finale.
Review: Super smooth groove-smiths Whiskey Disco have distilled another disco bomb here. Thoma Cher is the supplier of the good times via, firstly, the pure party gem that is "Holiday Holiday", on an EP that marks Cher's first solo outing on this label. "Dancer" is an uplifting track with a warped bassline that wraps itself round the sliding hi hats and loose drums as boogie synths add colour. "Be My Love" is an instantly recognisable gem with a fat bassline slowed to a sensuous pace overloaded with breathy vocals. Great stuff.
Review: Matlock maestro Ant Plate (he of Rhythm Plate fame) has been turning out edits, reworks and original productions under the alternate YSE Saint Laur'Ant alias for the best part of a decade. His release rate has slowed of late, though, with this Whiskey Disco outing marking his first release for almost a year. The material on offer is very strong, particularly lolloping opener "Just As Bad As You", a head-nodding revision of a Hammond-sporting soul jam that combines samples from an obscure 1970s cut with subtle new instrumentation. Other EP highlights include the gospel/dub disco fusion of bongo-riffic flipside opener "I Know I've Been Changed" and the percussive, jazzy, slow motion bumper "New York Paris", a killer groove marked out by layered congas, ear-catching double bass and fuzzy, post-punk style horns.