Various – Thank God House Music Is Back Vol 1

August 1, 2015 in Singles

Thank God House Music Is Back Vol 1 Karmic Power RecordsJust occasionally I promise to review a record, then when it comes time to do it I’m not sure why I made that promise. So it was with this four-track VA ep from Lenny Fontana’s Karmic Power Records… at first.

Because Another Excuse’s filter disco jam Want Your Love is okay, but wouldn’t have got this onto the ‘promised’ list on its own. Lenny Fontana pres Dee Wiz and Universal Sounds Band’s Music Makes You Wanna is better, a lively, jazz- and Afro-tinged cut that’ll have the soulful floors going crazy, but I’m not so much about the soulful vibes these days so that wasn’t it. And I’m not feeling House Of Virus & Marshall Jefferson ft Soliaris’s house/EDM crossover thing Believe In Love at all. There’s no excuse for trance synths, even if it has got Marshall Jefferson on it.

But THEN, you see, we get to Loris Conte’s Iron City and I know exactly why this was on the promised list. With no-nonsense clappy beats, an absolute BEAST of an organ bassline and – no, that’s about it actually, bar some sax-like drones later on – this is the kind of heads-down 4am strobelit pass-the-poppers workout that dancefloors were invented for. File under ‘the bomb’.

Out: This week

About: You can find Karmic Power herehere and here.

Various/Situation – Beach Disco Sessions Vol 5

July 19, 2014 in Albums

Beach Disco Sessions Vol 5 Nang RecordsUK nu-disco outfit Situation step up to compile and mix this latest compilation set from the mighty Nang.

The great and the good of the nu-disco world are definitely conspicuous by their presence here, with Daniele Baldelli, Todd Terje, Prins Thomas, Greg Wilson, Escort, Max Essa, Proper Heat and of course Situation themselves all represented, either with original tracks or on remix duties. Stylistically, expect a heady mix of laidback beach/yacht party vibes and housier, more overtly floor-friendly bizniss – Marshall Jefferson Vs Noosa Heads’ classic Mushrooms even gets a run-out, in Justin Martin Remix form. A surprise inclusion but it kinda works.

For regular Nang buyers, Beach Disco Sessions Vol 5 is perhaps a little too ‘greatest hits’-y to be dubbed truly essential. But it makes for 95 minutes of very pleasant listening all the same, while for newcomers it represents a great snapshot of one of the UK nu-disco scene’s most stalwart labels.

Oh, and speaking of which, they’ve just turned five as well, so happy birthday Nang peeps!

Out: This week

About: Find Nang Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Matt Tolfrey feat Marshall Jefferson – The Truth

October 27, 2013 in Singles

Matt Tolfrey Marshall Jefferson The Truth LeftroomOld school meets new school here, on a release featuring Leftroom boss Matt Tolfrey and Chi-town legend Marshall Jefferson.

To be fair though the emphasis is firmly on the ‘new school’ side of the equation – Jefferson’s contribution coming in the form of extensive samples from an interview in which he talks about house music artists of today and how they shouldn’t copy those who’ve gone before. The music itself, as it to prove the point, is decidedly ‘now’. Tolfrey’s deep, chugging Original is working best for me, but elsewhere you’ll find a tech’d up Deep Vox Voyage mix from Geeeman, a militantly jacking, Relief-esque Rough Mix (also from Geeeman) and a Jon Chamis Remix that has that artier, soundscape-y vibe that’s so en vogue right now.

Out: This week digitally, though vinyl’s been doing the round for a couple of weeks.

About: You can find Leftroom on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.