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Soft Rocks-Black Rox 3 (SRBR003) (12'' Vinyl, 2014, UK) (Easy-Listening/Balearic)

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

VA-Another Love EP (WD29)



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Tracks:
A1 Eddie C-Cut Chop Roll Skate
A2 Scott M-Get Up
B1 VinylAddicted & SMQ-Another Love
B2 Pontchartrain-Get Over You

Genre: Disco/Nu-Disco
Release Year: 2014
Label: Whiskey Disco
Country: France
More: 12'' Vinyl-EP, Limited 300 Copies, 33rpm
"Whiskey Disco" are back with their latest various artists blinder made for sunsets, sunrises and sublime moments in between. Lace up your skates with Eddie C's "Cut Chop Roll Skate", a sizzling slice of breaks and boogie driven funk at an easy tempo. Newcomer, "Scott M", dices and sheds Vernon Burch's party anthem, "Get Up", reworking the original into a DJ friendly bomb with hot loops, fat drops and super cool breaks. 
On the flip "VinylAddicted" + "SMQ" coax Chantal Curtis' "Get Another Love" into a housed-up and broken down disco classic rippling with solid dance fever. Last but not least, "Pontchartrain" hits us with the kind of low slung disco infused house rollers Whiskey Disco pride themselves on. The producer pitches up France Joli's "Prelude" classic "Gonna Get Over You" and then puts the filter to work, creating a hands in the air disco house bomb of the highest order.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Riccio-Editorial #10 (ED010)



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Tracks:
A1 I've Loved It
A2 Flute 
B1 Put Some Love In Your Life
B2 Little Drummer

Genre: Disco/Funk/Edits
Release Year: 2014
Label: Editorial
Country: UK
More: 12'' EP, Clear-Yellow Vinyl, Limited 300 Copies, 33rpm
While he may have spent the last few years pursuing a deep house agenda for labels such as Bosconi and Fly By Night, Bologna-based producer "Riccio" earned his stripes providing high class reworks for the "Super Value Edits" label. Here he returns to his roots with a four-track onslaught of tasty scalpel works for "Editorial". There's naturally much to admire, from the string-laden disco-funk pulse of "Put Some Love In Your Life" and dewy-eyed, near Balearic disco wooziness of "Little Drummer", to the storming, peaktime brilliance of "I've Loved It" and woodwind-laden loop funk of "Flute".

*** Thanks to "Kinjo Music" and "Editorial" boss, "Dave Allison", for this copy! 

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Madlib-The Beats: Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton OST (STH2344)



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Tracks:
A1 Untitled
A2 Untitled
A3 Untitled
A4 Untitled
A5 Untitled
B1 Untitled
B2 Untitled
B3 Untitled
B4 Untitled
B5 Untitled

Genre: Black/Soul/Hip-Hop
Release Year: 2014
Label: Stones Throw Records 
Country: US
More: 10'' Vinyl, Special Dj Edition, Download Coupon Included, 33rpm
"Stones Throw Records" is an independent hip hop record label based in Los Angeles, California. It was started in 1996 by Dj / producer "Peanut Butter Wolf". Its subsidiaries "Now-Again Records" and "Soul Cal Records" specialize in funk and soul re-issues. As I said many times, I am not a fan of hip-hop and R'n'B at all. Particularly I recognize this music style only until mid-90s. 
However, things are different here. Starting off with the diagnose that this record is wrongly tagged by many record stores as a "hip-hop" release. "The Beats" contains ten instrumental and black-music tracks created by "Madlib" for the "Stones Throw" film "Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton".
This is producer's first original soundtrack and first 10-inch vinyl release. The beats and breaks on the album are typically "Madlib": off the wall, funky, odball, stoned and as many miles away from the mainstream as you'd want them to be. Snippets of rap vocals fly in and out of the tracks, and there are plenty of between-track skits and crazy samples too. Many soul, jazzy and latin elements, retro essence and cinematic feeling draw the scenery of this album which is issued with two different sleeves (girls on one, skull & bong on the other) each wrapped with a custom, removable card, designed in the style of the Boss SP-303 sampler. Great!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cassiano-Onda (P-1977)




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Tracks:
A1 Onda
B1 Central Do Brasil

Genre: Disco/Brazilian
Release Year: 2014 (Reissue)
Label: Polydor
Country: US
More: 12'' Vinyl, 2014 Reissue, 45rpm
"Genival Cassiano Dos Santos" is a hard sell. Sure, he wrote “Primavera,” one of Tim Maia’s first hits. He was a founding member of the primal samba-soul outfit "Os Diagonais", and before that he was part of "Bossa Trio". However, record companies had a difficult time commodifying his style. In spite of his obvious skills—he’s routinely referred to as a founding father of Brazilian soul music—he bounced from "RCA" to "Odeon" and to "Polydor" for his three solo albums, defying categorization, as song-to-song he touched on  sweet soul, funk, Brazilian and even psych rock.
This single is taken from the last of these records, 1976’s puzzlingly named LP "Cuban Soul-18 Kilates". A very welcome reissue (don't know if it is officially reissued though) of this 12” vinyl, including the superb "Onda" which is a lilting sun-drenched slice of pure soul heaven with a grooving b-line and sweet vocals that at nearly eight minutes is still not enough - a truly captivating mellow masterpiece that you want to last forever! The flip-side is no less accomplished - an upfront bass-heavy funk jam guaranteed to whip the dancefloor into a frenzy, while delivering you with natural sounds somewhere in the heart of Rio. My collection missed this one, so this reissue is very welcome. The sound recording is not the selling point of this record, but I can pass this by. Essential!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Bileo-You Can Win / Let's Go (ATH006)



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Tracks:
A1 You Can Win
B1 Let's Go

Genre: Disco
Release Year: 2014 (Reissue)
Label: Athens Of The North
Country: UK
More: 7'' Vinyl, Limited Pressing Reissue, 45rpm
I challenge you not to move, groove and generally speaking lose your shit when those horns hit! Undisputedly one of the best, across the board crowd and Dj pleasing rare disco 45s ever cut to vinyl, originally released in 1979. "Bill Williams" and his crew created two party smashers. First, "You Can Win" bounds out of the crossroads of "Move On Up", "Never Gonna Leave You" and "There's Something Better", grabs you by the hand and gets you dancing with the widest smile on your face! As far as feel good goes, it doesn't get any better than this, and without even a whiff of cheese.
Flip the disc for the deep and soulful shuffle of "Let's Go", a midnight mover with plenty of funk in the trunk. Lowslung bass, rippling percussion, bursting brass and soul brother vocals combine perfectly for a bonafide unclassic! Cut as loud and deep as the tapes would allow, this fully licenced cookie won't be around long, so don't hang about, cause no repress is expected. Eyes and ears open!

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Monday, September 8, 2014

VA-Dreeme EP (MTN37)



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Tracks:
A1 Dreeme (Diesel / Jarvis Edit)
B1 She & He (Diesel / Jarvis Edit)
B2 Step (Sean Innit)

Genre: Balearic/Disco/Italo
Release Year: 2014
Label: Moton Records Inc
Country: UK
More: 12'' EP, Limited Blue Vinyl, 45rpm (A'Side), 33rpm (B'Side)
Diesel and Jarvis return with a massive three tracker of off the beaten track edit goodness. Where they find them, who knows, but thank god they do. Our dynamic duo start the session with some gentle foreplay in the form of "Dreeme". This spacey Balearic roller is nothing other than a shimmering dub of Max Berlin's super sexy "Elle et Moi"! "Diesel  & Jarvis" drop those pervy vocals leaving the funk pianos and coastal accordion line to do the talking, resulting in a sunkissed soother for warm summer days. 
On the flipside there's an italo-disco style aging back to early 80s. "She & He" is the kind of dusty disco rock that Harvey sprinkles booger sugar on and eats for breakfast. Last but not least the ultra funky "Step" enters the room, slips something in your drink and takes you to bed with its slow motion charms. Lovely EP, good job Moton!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

VA-Messalina Edits Volume 9 (MSL09)



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Tracks:
A1 Billie's Had Her Jeans Acidwashed (Fatneck Rework)
A2 Lucci Capri-Dame Un Beso
B1 Lucci Capri-Because Today I Saw U
B2 Fool (Fatneck Edit)

Genre: Disco/Edits
Release Year: 2013
Label: Messalina
Country: UK
More: 12'' Vinyl, 33rpm
"Messalina" returns with a fantastic EP of eclectic dancefloor bubblers from fellow "We Love Space" residents "Jamie Fatneck Low" and "Lucci Capri" (aka DJ Callum). First up is the eagerly awaited vinyl release of Fatneck's incredible acid rework of Michael Jackson's classic "Billie Jean", highly in-demand since receiving heavy rotation from "Greg Wilson". Next up "Lucci Capri" delivers the quirky Balearic chugger "Dame Un Beso", with super-sweet Latino lyrics and a great reggae-influenced swing. Simply amazing!
Flip over for the beautifully understated "Because Today I Saw U" which melds a cool deep house groove with "Esther Phillips" yearning vocals. Rounding off the EP in style is Fatneck's superb dancefloor-friendly edit of the "Aretha Franklin" version "What A Fool Believes". Great stuff, probably the hottest record of the "Messalina" series.

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