Pablo & Shoey – Puttin’ Some Stank On It

June 22, 2014 in Singles

Pablo & Shoey Puttin' Some Stank On It Paper DiscoWhile Patrick Daniels has been raiding the 90s cupboard for inspiration (see below),  Pablo & Shoey have clearly been looking a decade or so further back while preparing this three-tracker for Paper Disco.

Funk It is up first, an uplifting disco-house jam that blends early 90s Italo pianos with wukka-wukking geetars, handclaps and a decidedly Sylvester-esque vocal. Mr Negro would be proud. Down To The Bone is a slower affair that looks to early 80s electro and boogie for inspiration, complete with scratching and “this beat is so fresh” vox, while closer Big Bass operates in similar territory to Down To The Bone – check out those stabs, which could’ve been lifted right off a Lovebug Starski record.

Three boogie-down productions for sure.

Out: This week

About: Find Paper Disco on Soundcloud for now… their own website is apparently coming soon, in the meantime you can of course find parent label Paper Recordings on Facebook or at their own internet homepage as well.

Rory Phillips – Mixed Fortunes 3

October 18, 2012 in Singles

Rory Phillips Mixed Fortunes 3

The third release in a series apparently, though the first to wing its way TIWWD-wards.

It’s a two-track affair. On the A, Don’t Stop is a) a collaboration with London producer Martin Dubka, and a) a lo-slung slab of nu boogie/electro with a vocoder/voicebox vocal that Roger Troutman himself would be proud of. Over on the B, meanwhile, E-Bow could safely be filed under ‘slo-mo house’ methinks, its opiated beats and reluctant b-line topped with a lead line created using the epoymous guitar tool.

It’s Don’t Stop that stands out for me, though.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Mixed Fortunes, which isn’t so much a record label as a project by Phillips in which he’ll be releasing six two-track 12-inches over the course of the year, instead of an album. Which means the good news is, if you dig Don’t Stop as much as I do there’s plenty more to come and not too much backtracking to do! Anyway, you can find out all about it here.

Awon & Bedmo Disco – B-Funk EP

June 22, 2012 in Singles

Awon Bedmo Disco B-Funk

Okay, I have to admit a family connection here, cos Bedmo Disco are two former colleagues of mine from the iDJ days. But mates or not, I wouldn’t review this if it wasn’t actually a good record. I’d just mutter some excuse about being busy, or the dog eating my review copy, or something.

But it is good, so I don’t have to. Just as well, cos they know damn well I don’t have a dog.

Anyway, so what you get are two tracks apiece from the Bedmo boys and Awon, all four of which are lo-slung funkers influenced heavily by early 80s electro, electrofunk and proto-garage. And when I say ‘heavily’ I mean heavily! Awon’s Good Lovin’ comes on like a lost Levan dub of a Patrice Rushen nugget and is one highlight, but mention must also be made of Bedmo Disco’s Illusion, which will be any sample-spotter’s delight – listen carefully (or not so carefully in some cases) for cheeky bites from Ma Foom Bey, Weekend, Walking On Sunshine and other 80s classics*.

If there’s a criticism here, it’s that this doesn’t really go much beyond pastiche. But that’s me over-compensating by being harshly objective – you could, after all, say the same thing about a million retro Chi-town housers I’ve reviewed glowingly on here. That minor cavil notwithstanding, this is pretty much can’t-fail stuff for your nu-disco floors.

Out: This week

About: This is number six from the Bedmo Disco stable, which is the boys’ own label, obviously, and based right here in sunny Bristol. It’s also the first that’s actually all original productions, the rest having been boots and re-edits, so it’s good to see ’em stepping things up a notch.

Oh yeah, and it’s on strictly limited blue vinyl as well! Which is always nice.

PS: Incidentally, one of the very first records I ever owned was on blue vinyl… an HMV seven-inch from the 1950s for kids, with the multiplication tables 1-7 set to music. I’ve still got it, if you don’t believe me. I also had a red vinyl 7-inch about the littlest fire engine, but sadly I trod on that one and broke it, aged about six. I should have listened to my Mum and tidied my room, shouldn’t I?

* Including one stupidly well-known electro anthem whose name, frustratingly, has been avoiding me all day. Though on the plus side this did mean I at least got to spend a pleasant hour or two rinsing the likes on Whodini and Strafe on YouTube while at the day job this morning.

Zee & Eli – Body Shock EP

March 9, 2012 in Singles

Another simple two-tracker here, this time coming from Zee & Eli, a duo who are based on the southcoast of the UK and who’ve previously had stuff out on Flumo.

It’s an EP you really ought to check for yourself, for the way it blends a contemporary tech-house sound with influences from vintage electro/b-boy hip-hop. That picture of a breakdancer on the cover is there for a reason, y’know! It’s an unusual fusion but it works, and you can see this reaching out to DJs of many persuasions.
Both cuts work a similar vibe, but personally I’d go for Body Shock itself over b-side Making Castles… the latter’s a bit more out-and-out electro-y where Body Shock has more of a ‘house’ feel. But like I said, it’s an EP you really ought to give a listen to and make your own mind up.
Out: This week

About: This comes on Hype Muzik, part of Essex’s Stripped stable