MAGIC MIX

disco . italo . cosmic . disco-not-disco . boogie

WEEK STARTING 20 Apr

Genre pick of the week Cover of System, New York, The Beginning, The End by Eccentrics Edits.

Eccentrics Edits

System, New York, The Beginning, The End

After lighting up the Peckham nightlife over the last three years Eccentrics take the step from throwing parties to putting out records. Saving up the profit from their sold out nights with the likes of Andi Hanley, Piers Soft Rocks, Phil Mison and Bill Brewster, Mark and Will teamed up with regular party goer Sanky to spread their musical message to a broader audience. Sleazy euro synth pop killer "System" kicks us off in fine fashion, proudly wearing its laissez- faire attitude in those Simmonds drums and quirky analogue keys. Sanky and Mark have added very slight additional production to extend and deliver a great version of this soon to be classic. Next up, "New York" takes us on a journey of melodious intrigue that wouldn’t sound out of place at an 'alleged' Dominic Strauss Kahn sex party. Cosmic chug at its finest, the stepping bassline will keep you bouncing while those far out leadlines work their magic. On the flip, the lightly psychedelic "The Beginning" delivers a warm balearock groove which drops into a dubbed out island breakdown before coming up for air at the last, prompting some sunkissed euphoria no doubt. Last but not least, "The End" is a downtempo-slap-bass-funk-rock-head-nodder that your university professor probably jumped around to in his teens. Don’t waste any time picking this up as it’s likely to be gone very quickly.

AIAIAI

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    Frank Booker

    Down In The Basement Volume 1

    New Zealand's foremost crate digger Frank Booker launches his brand new label, Down In The Basement, in typical classy fashion with a superb inaugural offering. What you get is four top quality Booker jams that will grace any dance floor and which cross the boundaries of funk, disco, soul and house music. Never one to over complicated things, FB cuts straight to the essentials of each track and rides them in the mix, while dropping his trademark DJ friendly FX. On the A1, Frank delivers a dislocated bit of disco for the punk-funkers and NYC crowds, decorating a bare bones rhythm section with the occasional blast of echo drenched wah guitar and muffled vocals, while the A2 sees the pace drop to a syrup strut as the Kiwi producer works the filter well over a squelchy bit of slo mo funk. On the flip, things get deep and tribal with a well worked edit of Supermax's afro-cosmic classic "African Blood" before a full throttle psychedelic disco journey courtesy of Dogs Of War and "Space Conqueror".

    Essential stuff as ever from The Man Called Booker.

    Hot on the heels of their scorching track “Young Ones”, unveiled at the end of 2014, comes a storming EP which will surely consolidate Formation’s place as one of the most vital and exciting new talents around today.

    A physical only white label release last summer first heralded the arrival of the South London twin brothers, a blinding mix of Dinosaur L, vintage ESG and early DFA that they are quite clearly now streamlining and honing to sleek, seamless perfection on this, their debut EP. Title track “Young Ones” is a belting clarion call to the dancefloor, a vigorous, percussive workout which conjures the ghosts of punk funk greats such as Liquid Liquid and The Rapture. The dreamy “Take it All Away” and hypnotic “No Great Change” however, mark a surprising change of pace, slowing down the tempo and weaving a gorgeous, melancholy spell over the listener.

    But it is with the closer “Back Then” that Formation flex the sheer diversity of their influences. An infectious, elastic track, it twins the rhythmic drive of the snare with warm organ tones, harking back to the pulsating roots of Northern Soul while also looking defiantly forward, transcending an array of genres while still maintaining their own very distinct identity. 


    Andi Hanley

    Rong Promo Only #10

    Body & Soul legend, deep digger and all round musical expert Andi Hanley helps Rong celebrate their 10th anniversary with the 10th and final edition of their groundbreaking "Promo Only" series. Now back in Manchester, Andi's been hard at work in the studio, turning out some exciting and eclectic edits which finally see the light of day courtesy of this killer silk screened double pack. The EP opens with the Balearic dancefloor in mind as Andi dubs out and pumps up Frankie's majestic "Welcome To The Pleasuredome" for some all out dancefloor ecstacy. Next up "Sylvia" takes us on a trip into a distant galaxy with all manner of rich space fx, a chugging bass sequence and the warm and airy sounds of the thumb piano, before "Dream" takes us down a proto-house wormhole with rubbery bass, swirling synths and sultry vocals. Slip on the second disc and step into your spacesuit! Andi out-cosmics Baldelli here, pairing a spacewalking bass sequence with synth asteroid belts and wild drum sounds. Get ready to get funky on the D with the badass boogie sound of "Burt", a spaced out stepper decorated with cascading keys, squirming sax and laid back vocals perfect for early hours in your local disco. "Yutaka" closes the set in sublime fashion, hitting us with the sweetest Japanese soul-jazz groove imaginable. The liquid bassline flows perfectly over the mellow instrumentation, while the exotic sounds of the Japanese flute leave you with goosebumps. Superb stuff from Mr Hanley, and the perfect end to a special series.


    The wonderful Black Ops sub label from the Sleazybeats crew continues as Junktion joins the Black Ops special forces for a stunning new EP! This Dutch producer, co-owner of the celebrated Outplay label, has made quite a name for himself over the course of a handful of very well received releases but this might well be his best work to date. "The Great Unknown" deals in the kind of irresistible grooves that have ensured the Black Ops series has been a day-one sell-out around the globe. Familiar sample work blended with toughened up, mid-tempo house manoeuvers and superb additional synth candy conspire to fill out a very crisply produced and versatile 3 tracker that will work a variety of floors perfectly. Black Ops pull off another operation with 007 levels of charm and efficiency... Report to the dancefloor! As always, this is a limited, vinyl only release. It will not be repressed and will not be released digitally. Not now, not ever. 

    Sticking very close to the Star Time manifesto, edit experts Kon and The Reflex get together for some main room madness with a couple of reworks of Chaka Khan's anthemic "I'm Every Woman". Kon's mix stays true to much of the original song with just the right twist of acapellas, basslines and drum breaks providing plenty of tension and release to work the crowd up to fever pitch. The Reflex strips things way down and flips the strings up a bit along with the guitar, building a lovely groove that finally brings us into into the verse. A million miles away from the techy loops of Mark E's recent "E-Version", these edits are gonna go down a storm with the true disco heads.

    Magma

    Riot 45 Record Bag (Small)

      The new Riot 45 Record-Bag Small comes in a stylish and timeless record bag design and can comfortably hold up to 60 7 inch records.

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      More officially remastered reissues from the golden years of Italo. Malcolm & The Bad Girls 1983 classic "Shoot Me" gets a clean and fresh press here on La Discoteca. Full of exuberant, darting leads and strong octave / arpeggiated basslines, it possesses that magical cybernetic quality that the best records of this genre all adhere to. The vocals are great, with a dead pan male vocal gracing much of the verses before opening up to a euphoric, undeniably catchy male / female chorus which, in my humble opinion, is up there with "Hypnotic Tango" by My Mine (a huge feet in itself!). Everybody together now - 'look look, look into my eyes...'. YES! The instrumental version has all the necessary tweaks and nuances to keep things interesting minus the vocal including extra flange and a 'dub' on the chorus parts. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable affair! Like most of these, OGs fetch big bucks, and these are officially licensed issues - so be a clever camper and bag this now!

      Elian Rahbani And His Orchestra

      Liza Liza

      Reissue of Elias Rahbani & His Orchestra’s super rare Arabic disco Holy Grail "Liza Liza" on the original Lebanese "Voix De L’Orient" label. Recorded pre-Civil War at a time when Beirut was known as the ‘Paris of the Middle East’, a luxurious holiday destination and flourishing trade centre. The title track is totally out of this world, perfectly blending Eastern and Western vocals, instruments and musical influences with a driving disco bassline to create an irresistible floor filling cosmic odyssey. The flipside features the even more out-there "From The Moon" a fantastic tripped out psychedelic disco funk monster, followed by the dreamy accordion-led "Summer Love". Highly recommended!

      Manchester's snazziest dresser, most committed vaper and foremost cassette tinkerer Ruf Dug inaugurates the brand new Cosmic Pint Glass imprint with a trio of Balearic-not-Balearic cuts perfect for the summer months. Ruffy kicks the EP off in sumptuous fashion with the sublime synth sounds of the brilliantly named "Guybrush Threepwood Takes DMT & Goes Paragliding At Sunset". As far as titles go, this is pretty much perfect, combining comedy with descriptive prowess; this does sound like Monkey Island, an interdimensional trip and a calming journey through the orange skies. Powered by a rhythm section of dubby drum machines and a hipshaking bassline and lifted skywards on cosmic electronics and new age sequences, the track manages to perfectly combine the lilt of reggae disco with the earnest emoting of Krautrock into something completely beautiful. Next up, El Ruf takes us on a gorgeous diversion into the shimmering heat haze of a midsummers afternoon with "Joanna". Fragile mallets scatter across a lysergic bass sequence as Ms Newsom's unmistakable vocals weave a spell over your smiling brain. Loosely speaking, it's acid Enya in dub, and how good does that sound! Since Ruf Dug's softened you up with all the interdimensional vibrations of the A-side, Chicago Damn may as well dissolve your consciousness back into the universal with the immersive dream house of his "Dangerous Dub". CD drops the vocals completely and rearranges the original elements with a new bassline to submerge us entirely in wave after wave of hypnotic house bliss. Monkey Island funk and tropical breeze for the geez!

      Waheeey! It's a new Soundstream, primed and ready for extended play over the Summer months... but has it been worth the wait? Most definitely - yes! These are 3 HOT cuts by the German maestro, and should more than please your fellow chopped'n'looped disco-house fanatic. "Bass Affairs" introduces the EP on a smooth, sunny plane; the slap bass riff, funky guitar lick and pulsing organs all converging on an end point which signifies hot, sweaty days smoldering under sun-burnt skies. As the cowbell rhythms move to the fore you'll soon be sucked into its magnificent grooves, tailor-made for daytime dancing! "Sweep Magic" gets more manipulated as 'stream delivers some sizzling white noise hi-hats (ala Kyle Hall) across a filtered disco loop and celestial background pads. Frank Timm sure knows how to work the shit out of a loop, and this is displayed with aplomb on this excursion. Finally, "Starstrike" is a chunky, bass heavy number with looping sirens and live drums. Before long a brilliant swelling bassline is introduced along with more ascending sirens and tones and some cleverly syncopated hi-hat / shaker rhythms. Subtle but devastating, and possibly my favourite track off the EP. Soundstream continues to provide the DEFINING disco-house standard, leaving everyone else in his shadow. Essential.

      Wax Poetics

      #61 (Bishop Nehru / Ghostface Killah Cover)

        Cover Stories: James Brown's the Payback, Curtis Mayfield, Bishop Nehru, Ghostface Killah

        - Rick Stevens, Tower of Power
        - Joi
        - TV on the Radio
        - Morrie Turner
        - Electric Wire Hustle
        - Tuxedo (Jake One & Mayer Hawthorne)
        - Young Fathers
        - Soulection's Joe Kay selects twenty records that inspire the label's "Sound of Tomorrow"
        - Black Panther graphic artist Emory Douglas

        Paid in Full: Fred Wesley did his second stint with the James Brown Band during the Godfather of Soul's rebirth in the 1970s. Here, Wesley reminisces about their seminal and best-selling record, The Payback, which can be seen as a hard and cold metaphor for social justice.

        The Message: The Impressions were up and down on the charts for a decade, depending on the creative inspiration of its songwriter and lead vocalist Curtis Mayfield. The final three increasingly sociopolitical charttoppers he wrote for the group-"We're a Winner," "This Is My Country," and "Choice of Colors"-would lean more towards Black Power, alienating some fans and radio stations, but would set the tone for his incredibly important solo work to come.

        Golden Child: After releasing his first mixtape, 2012's Nehruvia, at only sixteen, New York phenom Bishop Nehru arrived as a fresh voice laced with erudite wordplay and a penchant for classic beats. With his EP strictlyFLOWz the following year, he grabbed the attention of MF DOOM, resulting in their recent collaboration, 2014's NehruvianDOOM. As he prepares his solo album, with Nas on board as executive producer, the old-soul poet is poised to help bring the art form back to New York.

        The Champ: In an arena where MCs seldom have extended careers, Wu-Tang's Ghostface Killah has increasingly improved through two decades after his 1996 solo debut, Ironman. His use of cryptic slang and his gift for spinning complex tales leaves an unmatched legacy-one that's still growing.

        Wax Poetics

        #61 (James Brown / Curtis Mayfield Cover)

          Cover Stories: James Brown's the Payback, Curtis Mayfield, Bishop Nehru, Ghostface Killah
          - Rick Stevens, Tower of Power
          - Joi
          - TV on the Radio
          - Morrie Turner
          - Electric Wire Hustle
          - Tuxedo (Jake One & Mayer Hawthorne)
          - Young Fathers
          - Soulection's Joe Kay selects twenty records that inspire the label's "Sound of Tomorrow"
          - Black Panther graphic artist Emory Douglas

          Paid in Full: Fred Wesley did his second stint with the James Brown Band during the Godfather of Soul's rebirth in the 1970s. Here, Wesley reminisces about their seminal and best-selling record, The Payback, which can be seen as a hard and cold metaphor for social justice.

          The Message: The Impressions were up and down on the charts for a decade, depending on the creative inspiration of its songwriter and lead vocalist Curtis Mayfield. The final three increasingly sociopolitical charttoppers he wrote for the group-"We're a Winner," "This Is My Country," and "Choice of Colors"-would lean more towards Black Power, alienating some fans and radio stations, but would set the tone for his incredibly important solo work to come.

          Golden Child: After releasing his first mixtape, 2012's Nehruvia, at only sixteen, New York phenom Bishop Nehru arrived as a fresh voice laced with erudite wordplay and a penchant for classic beats. With his EP strictlyFLOWz the following year, he grabbed the attention of MF DOOM, resulting in their recent collaboration, 2014's NehruvianDOOM. As he prepares his solo album, with Nas on board as executive producer, the old-soul poet is poised to help bring the art form back to New York.

          The Champ:In an arena where MCs seldom have extended careers, Wu-Tang's Ghostface Killah has increasingly improved through two decades after his 1996 solo debut, Ironman. His use of cryptic slang and his gift for spinning complex tales leaves an unmatched legacy-one that's still growing.

          Wonderful new compilation of unearthed gems from Balearica. Kicks off with the in-demand full 12-minute version of the Chaplin Band’s definitive take on Lucio Battisti’s classic "Il Veliero", a hypnotic druggy bass and guitar-driven dancefloor opus that tears the roof of every time (and has a huge following in Manchester after being played at Electric Chair by Harvey back in the day then championed by Balearic Mike and Moonboots!). Followed by the short but sweet sun-drenched gem "Flying Cloud" by The Doobie Brothers. Next up comes Boule Noire’s "Aimer D’Amour" a superb beefed-up French version of Leo Sayer’s Balearic favorite "Easy To Love" and then rounding things off is the gorgeous mellow groove of "A Touch Of Temptation" by Japanese multi-instrumentalist Masaaki Ohmura taken from his impossible-to-find "You Gotta Chance" soundtrack LP from 1985. Great collection. Move quick!

          This limited cassette is a special bonus / pre-release item for the forthcoming 2 X LP 'HIGH ROAD" forthcoming on RED MOTORBIKE!

          LOW ROAD contains unreleased music from EDDIE C which won't be appearing on the vinyl version, and also features cuts from KKOOSH, DANE & KHOTIN and CEM G

          Lightly 'mixed' by Eddie... 50 Copies worldide !!

          Mr Khan is back with the 11th edition of Shir Khan’s "Black Jukebox" series!
          This time Shir Khan has collected edits from Purple Disco Machine, Dayne S and Zoka. PDM's "Magic" kicks off proceedings with a well know male-rap vocal collaged onto a funky shaker rhythm before "Evil Vibration" by the Mighty Ryeders gets lo-pass filtered into just bass and groove. Every so often the catchy rap hook gets fired over the top of the mix with aplomb, hitting hard and working collaboratively with the hi-pass filtered sections. Dayne S's "My Soul" is up next, another soundsystem-ready disco-house jam which tickles the subwoofers beautifully and seems purpose built for eyes-wide-shut Summer terrace play in big outdoor spaces. Zoka brings two cuts to the B-side. "I Don't Dance" deploys some nice warm disco drums before subtly working in some intricate guitar parts, funky b-line and sensual female vocals. Another hip-shaker to get an early evening dancefloor wiggling too. Finally, "Professional Dancer" closes off the EP with a percussion heavy workout taking in wicky-wicky guitar (official term) and heady, psychedelic elements; a loft-party future classic for sophisticated dancers everywhere. Limited & vinyl only. Cop that before it sells out. 



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