MAGIC MIX

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

WEEK STARTING 2 Mar

Genre pick of the week Cover of Ultra-High Frequencies - The Chicago Party by Various Artists.
For 23 straight Saturday nights of 1982, The Chicago Party dance show assaulted Chicagoland UHF eyeballs with Spandex, Southside fly guys, tender tenderonies, magicians, contortionists, prismatic video gimmickry, and lip-synched singles by a rising regime of local post- disco casualties. Unfettered nightlife and outlandish humour poured out of oddball outpost The CopHerBox II and onto TV screens, presented here as a 100 minute video mixtape on DVD. Its companion compilation features five previously unreleased tracks, joined by music culled from a trove of self-released 45s and small-time 12”s. Die-cut cathode-ray jacket and six in-package stills put the Party at your fingertips.

Available on CD or 2LP, each edition of 'Ultra-High Frequencies: The Chicago Party' will arrive in one of six cover configurations, all of which are interchangeable via printed inner sleeves and enclosed booklet. Both editions include our entertaining DVD mix tape, isolating the most absurd and outrageous moments from the original broadcasts. Play functions enable viewers to enjoy 23 unique musical performances, as well as a mini-documentary about the creation and realization of The Chicago Party. For fans of electronic soul with a public access aesthetic, 'Ultra-High Frequencies: The Chicago Party' is the place to be.


FORMAT INFORMATION

2xLP Info: LP sleeve is die-cut 'TV style', with interchangeable inner sleeves to create images on the screen. Includes DVD & 20 page full colour 11"x11" booklet.

2xCD/DVD Info: CD sleeve is die-cut 'TV style', with interchangeable inner sleeves to create images on the screen.

Baby's Gang

Challenger - 180g Vinyl Edition

'Challenger' is the first and only album from disco project Baby's Gang - one of the most talked about items among collectors of Italo disco. Their first hit tune, "Happy Song", appeared in 1983 and was so beloved by Boney M producer Frank Farian that he included a cover version on their LP "Kalimba De Luna". When it arrived a couple of years later, the full album was a whole platter of hits. After a few more years, in 1988, their final single was the hit "Disco Maniac", after which the creative activity of the project ended.

This Mirumir LP, in addition to new mastering and high-quality printing, includes two additional tracks that were not on the original album: the original version of "Happy Song" and a maxi-version of "Disco Maniac".

In anticipation of Bosq's second full-length album, "Bad For Me" paves the way for more of his signature dancefloor goodness that he's been steadily cultivating from his work with Whiskey Barons to his full-length album debut "Bosq Y Orquesta De Madera". This time around Nicole Willis lends her talents to the tune, revisiting her dance and house roots where she made a name for herself in the 90s. Bosq originally reached out to Nicole to do a slow burning soul track he'd been working on, but after listening to his album she was set on doing a dance record. The result is the most straight up dancefloor disco in the Bosq catalogue thus far. The track is dense with that afro-Latin-disco percussion you would expect, bubbling with thick funky bass lines, rhythm guitar from "disco" Tom Noble himself, and a wide open piano driving it all. Nicole's perfectly nonchalant vocals sit just right in the groove effortlessly tying the track together and repeating the phrase we've all uttered at least a few times. The late night dub version expands on the deep chorus groove and allows each piece of the track to really stretch out, highlighted by a killer solo from Boston's piano wizard Yuki Kanesaka. In keeping with Bosq's hometown crew love theme, he enlists the Soul Clap production duo to have their way with a remix that packs a punch with its pulsating drums and expertly placed synths complementing the vocals, percussion, hand claps, and keys from the original tune.

Yes yes y'all! Brother J in the house! The funk soul brother gently eases Superbreak into the vinyl frontier with three stone grooves for all the deep disco jocks out there. The A-side gets underway with the wah fuelled disco funk of "Round Corners", a block party rocker driven by a relentless low slung bassline and rippling percussion. As the track rolls on, elements of jazz-funk pop up here and there in the form of cosmic clavinet and airy rhodes riffs, adding another texture to the solid cut. On the flip, "International" keeps the party moving at that same mid tempo shimmey, as Brother J applies expertly selected loops, full frequency filtering and wild bass boosts to a live party viber with horns at the highs and a whole load of funk in the trunk. Off the hook yo! Brother J takes us home with the brassy refrains of "Journey", an uplifting cut which bursts into flames to light up your warm up or end of night. It's a welcome return to the halcyon days of beatdown house and the deep and gritty world of slo-mo disco.

Imagined as a sharp contrast and complement to Funn City’s trashy vintage vibes, Darshan Jesrani’s new Cylinder moniker sets out to explore the more streamlined, forward-facing side of the Startree vision while sacrificing none of the warmth or funk of its classic influences. “Disco Engine” is a futuristic joyride which draws upon late 80s and early 90s techno vibes as much as it does disco and R&B to produce a groove which is warmly insistent, buoyant, sexy and a little menacing. Ruthless, detuned 808 toms and a punchy, round analog bass synth provide a floor you can push the gas pedal to. A greasy, giddy synth rhythm holds the middle down like a session guitarist when rent is due, and ecstatic choral synth pads and vocals by Chelsea Adewunmi soar just above the horizon. Underground dance music with the top way down. Side B’s “4-Stroke Dub” works a more DJ-oriented angle around that 808 and juxtaposes parts which do not play together in the original, creating a track which is subtly driving and every bit as engaging. The gorgeous, understated vocal refrain in the middle is a destination you will have been happy to go the extra distance to reach. More retro-facing, forward thinking dance music from the former Metro Area man.

E-Versions #4

Sitting Here Alone / Childstar

The E-Versions E-xpress rolls back into town, as Mark E lends his edit expertise to another pair of overlooked and underplayed staples. The first three volumes sold like hotcakes and filled floors all over the globe as people lost their shit to Mark's reworks of Jean Carne and Madonna. Number four in the much loved series provides further proof that no one flips a track like the mighty Midlander. On the A-side, "Sitting Here Alone" sees Mark weave an extended and irresistible groove out of a simple bassline and the polyrhythmic clatter of conga led percussion, creating a solid base for the kraut synths and clipped vocal refrains to take us away. As ever with the Merc boss, it's hypnotic, subtle and perfectly arranged. B-side cut "Childstar" sees Mark kidnap a disco ball for some reinforced rollerskating tackle formed out of the groovesome ingredients of a lost disco classic. The producer loops up about four bars of the original and sets to work beefing it up for modern club play, augmenting the bassline and clavinets with a hard hitting drum track and a breathless arrangement that'll keep the crowd peaking for the whole seven minutes. Vinyl only and limited to one pressing, I'd suggest you act fast on this one. 


Frederick

Eyes Closed EP - Inc. The Revenge Remix

Frederick is the alias of a DJ and producer known for releases on labels like Local Talk and Soundofspeed. Emotive, cinematic, epic and space are some of the words used to describe his approach to deep house music production and also in his versatile DJ sets.

Most recently he has been recording for Berlin imprint Miseriedits, a blink-and-you've-probably-already-missed-it spin-off label from Ewan Pearson & Klas Lindblad and also on his dwelling-label Fifty Fathoms Deep on which he recently released his stunning debut long player 'Disruptive Pattern Material' earlier this year.

So it's time for the next chapter in the Frederick story. It all began with his opening statement in the form of an album back in March 2014 but this time he turns to the man behind the label Roar Groove to offer a different take on things… The Revenge. As we look forward to Graeme's long awaited debut album due for release in Spring 2015, here he's given us a superb sounding and intelligent take on the original… Damn… It's so good!

Whilst Sasse was mixing down the original project over at Blackhead Studio's, Berlin he sent some thoughts upon completion; "I'm in love with the tune, such a wicked song… Looking forward to hear this baby on a some good systems! This will definitely be a sunrise/sunset hit of mine". 

Sonar Kollektiv's Daniel Grau remix spectacular reaches its third stage with this pearling 12" featuring the production talents of British disco king Ray Mang, leaders of the new school Soul Clap and Australian newcomer Debonair. On the A-side, Mangled main man Ray Mang handcrafts a bass driven, dub disco slammer out of  Venezuelan six-piece combo Los Amigos Invisibles cover of Grau's 1980 cut "El León Bailarín”. As is standard with Mang's supreme productions, "El León Bailarín" comes correct with a deep bass groove, hypnotic keys and a whole load of funk. It's the music the most beautiful girls in town want to wiggle their hips to! On the flip, Soul Clap and Bosq turn in an anthemic disco house reshape of Grau's brand new track "To Night". Uplifting piano chords and choral vox add a celestial bent, while the killer funk breakbeat and scratchy guitar keep your feet moving. Australian Debonair comes to the party with his remix of '79 track "Atlantis", a housed up revision complete with a stellar filtered bassline, sustained strings and rattling percussion. The hits keep on coming from this Sonar Kollektiv series.

Hello Sailor 001

Muko Wapi - Inc. Joakim Remix

Hello Sailor is a party and record label based in Brooklyn, NY founded by Brazilian-born, New York based Renata Do Valle. Since 2012, the label has been staging events with an array of local and international artists.
Hello Sailor Recordings debuts with the focus on releasing only 7" records and building its collection of significant disco, funk, afro, and Balearic music.

The energy of the tropics, sunset, and the beach informs the feel of this music.

Hello Sailor Recording's first 7" release is a remastered African jam called Muko Wapi and an edit by French musician Joakim. 'Brazil meets Africa via France'!

The ultra collectable Invisible City Editions returns to the 12" market with more delights from music's deleted history. ICE kingpins Brandon Hocura & Gary Abugan travel the globe in search of lost gems and Holy Grails, devouring long closed warehouses and rickety record shacks like a couple of disco locusts. Following on from their gorgeous reissues of Michael Boothman, Stephen Encinas and Witch, the label serve up a split 12" of rare and exotic audio delights. On the A-side we get lost deep in the groove with "U Turn Me On", an 808 driven Haitian-Canadian dubbed-out disco boogie anthem that's sure to drive crowds manic. The raw 808 rhythm and endless bassline form the perfect rhythm section for hypnotic movement, while those dubwise vocals put this in the same league of proto-island-disco-house as those killer Tapper Zukie 12"s we've been treated to recently. After the dancefloor pressure of the A-side, Brandon and Gary offer some soothing frequencies on the flipside by way of Astarius' "Ancient Times Part 1 and 2". The Hawaiian mystic displays his mastery of circular breathing and polyphonic overtone singing across two hypnotic mantras, soaked in reverb and twisted in pitch. It's sure to melt brains into a dervish twirl before opening the doors of perception.


Ata Kak's cassette 'Obaa Sima' fell on deaf ears when it was self-released in Ghana and Canada in 1994. The music on the recording - an amalgam of highlife, Twi-language rap, electro-funk and disco - is presented with the passion of a Prince record and the DIY-bedroom-recording lo-fi charm of early Chicago house music. The astute self-taught song craft and visionary blend of sounds and rhythms has made the album a left-field cult favorite among adventurous listeners worldwide. Awesome Tapes From Africa founder Brian Shimkovitz found the tape in 2002 in Cape Coast, Ghana - one of only a few ever pressed - and later made it the inaugural post on the Awesome Tapes From Africa blog. Hundreds of thousands of downloads, YouTube views, music video tributes and remixes, as well as years of mystery regarding Ata Kak's whereabouts, culminate in this remastered release featuring rare photos and the full back story of one of the internet age's most enigmatic musicians.

Ken Laszlo

Ken Laszlo - 180g Vinyl Edition

Gianni Coraini, better known under the pseudonym Ken Laszlo, released only one album in the eighties but that has not prevented him from being one of the more beloved artists of the Italo disco scene. Ken Laszlo can be compared with such bright stars of the 80s disco scene as Savage or Fancy. The first release in Europe became a hit single. "Hey Hey Guy", was released in 1984 under the pseudonym Ken Laszlo. His songs "Tonight", "Glasses Man", "Don’t Cry", and "1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8", all published under the same pseudonym, also became big hits in discos across Europe and beyond. His self-titled debut album which includes all those tracks and more is reissued here on LP!


Sacha Mambo & Guillaume Des Bois

Ultima Sensazion

After "the age of the edit" saw producers devour the enirity of US disco like a bunch of scalpel wielding locusts, us groove loving jocks with a penchant for the unknown were left down in the dumps as the supply of club dynamite dried up a little. Sure, there were exceptions, but we were used to five essential edit 12"s a week, not one or two an month. It's lucky for us then, that an international band of edit experts emerged from the sidelines with a stack full of continental oddities to reshape for the modern dancefloor. Along with The Very Polish Cut Outs and Bordello A Parigi, Macadam Mambo have shocked the club world back into life with a steady stream of French pound bin reshapes, Italian rarities, Dutch doubloons and Deutsche delights. Now label heads Sacha Mambo and Guillaume des Bois hit us with an 11 track double LP of the finest weirdo disco, sunshine music and Italo grooves, lavishly presented in a cartoonish sleeve by artist Rémy Mattei. I'll hold my hands up and admit to not knowing a single track on here, but shaking my shit to all of them! From the percussion heavy, whistle led madness of "Spaghetti Dreams" to the sleazed up Italian funk of "Lolo La Pantera", via the silly Spanish disco of "Vamos A La Discoteca" and deep tribal groove of, erm, "Do You Like Banana", this collection marries irresistible dancefloor grooves with a sense of humour to hit you with 11 tracks of ear-to-ear joy, and what more could you ask for.  


Limited 8 track double 12" with some of the best tracks from now out of print Members Only 12" singles plus some tracks never released on vinyl previously. Compiled from cassettes and overdubbed. 

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Wow. 10 years ago it was a young me enthusiastically rushing into Picc Records in anticipation of a new Members Only record. Now it's me getting them in! We all know what happened next - Jamal Moss played Faktion Manchester, became a global underground superstar, had Wire articles written about him, and now has the rep he rightly deserves. These were some of his early tape-edit experiments inspired by the halcyon days on Ron Hardy and, for me, are still his best pieces of work to date.

Prins Thomas

Rainbow Disco - Inc. Force Of Nature Remix

Norwegian disco king Prins Thomas continues his fruitful triumvirate with Mule Musiq and Japan's Rainbow Disco Club Festival with this deep and hypnotic scando-disco nugget. Following on from his superb mix cd inspired by the festival, "Rainbow Disco" sees Mr Hermansen celebrate his heady days and nights at the festival with one of those sprawling space disco epics he's made his own over the years. Fusing an intricate, organic and polyrhythmic drum track with a blissfully repetitive bassline, Thomas sets the stage for pulsating sequences, kosmiche melodies and intergalactic delays to blow us away. As the track nears its peak, the producer hits the big red button and injects a hefy dose of acid into the mix, driving us home on a bed of 303s. On the flipside, Japan's disco expert Force Of Nature takes us deeper into the post peak trance with a burrowing remix, soaked in dub fx and strobe lit with key stabs and bright sequences. 


Coyote's evergreen Is It Balearic? bring the heat with a magical release from the aptly named Sorcerer, who conjures the sun, sea, sand and swelter with the totally tropical sounds of his label debut. "Zulu Honda" opens the proceedings with sweetly skipping drums and a bouncing bassline, which are soon overlaid with Mediterranean guitars and soothing synthlines. Precision engineered for pool parties and lofts, "Zulu Honda" sounds like Australia's heat beat originators No Zu on permanent vacation at Formentera. Next up, "Afro Vibes" takes us deeper into the sunset with a gentle funk back-beat swirling chimes and dynamic synths, sounding like the unlikely marriage of Donald Byrd's "Wind Parade" and Cariocas' "Batida". The organic sounds of marimba and melancholic guitar eventually make way for a subtle acid accent before returning to the groove and taking us home. On the flipside, Salinas JC takes on "Zulu Honda", retaining the horizontal feel of the original, but adding a little additional production wizardry to extend the track into the ultimate dream dancer. Another tip top release from the dependable IIB crew.

Tornado Wallace

Kangaroo Ground / Ferntree Gully

Australian Tropical Funk weather system, Tornado Wallace returns to Beats In Space Records in boisterous mood with an acid-soaked two-tracker for the strobelit dancefloors. Where "Desperate Pleasures", his first EP for Beats In Space, distilled post-punk and electro influences into sun kissed sub-equatorial tones, Lewie Day's new 12" secretes lysergide and sweat from deep within a zero gravity dance bunker. "Kangaroo Ground" shares the buoyancy of its spirit animal namesake, but grinds in high-gear with a shredded 303 line and monstrous drum machine groove more akin to a possessed croc. On the flip, "Ferntree Gully" sheds its scaly acid skin for softer sines and sirens signalling Italo productions past and built to last. The bassline and sequence double up at either end of the keyboard, driving the track ever onwards, while the cosmic tones of that sine wave beam back and forth into infinity. A score to a surfer's dream wave or a runner's last stretch, "Kangaroo Ground / Ferntree Gully" ornaments Tornado Wallace's discography with another shining, kaleidoscopic sonic gem. Each 12" from Beats in Space Records features original artwork in considerate and serial form. This 12" threatens all arachnophobes in a half-mile radius care of Will Sweeney's Lite-rite tarantula. The packaging, constructed by Will Work For Good, features the signature removable vinyl BIS logo cling.

Tuxedo is Mayer Hawthorne (Aquarius) and Jake One (Taurus). They are descendants of the one-word moniker family of funk, where you will find such groups as Chic, Change, Loose Ends, Shalamar and Zapp. Tuxedo emerged last year with three tracks of smooth, synth-heavy disco-boogie / electro-funk accompanied by no information about the group except a greeting: “Tuxedo is here! Stay classy.” Multi-platinum recording artist Pitbull loved the tracks so much he used one of them on his album 'Global Warming: Meltdown'.The duo is excited to release the upcoming album on Stones Throw Records, which also marks Mayer’s return to the label since the release of his debut 'A Strange Arrangement' in 2009.

Jane Weaver

T-shirt (Ladies)

    Andy Votel-designed Jane Weaver t-shirts. Silver print on black Gildan Soft Style ring spun t-shirt. Ladies slim fit with capped sleeves. (Can be worn by men also!)


    Jane Weaver

    T-shirt (Men's)

      Andy Votel-designed Jane Weaver t-shirts. Silver print on black Gildan Soft Style 100% cotton pre-shrunk t-shirt. Standard "men's" fit (can be worn by women also!)

      Various Artists

      Don't Be Bitter, Be Better EP

      Interzona13's twin sister Outerzona set the world alight with a sensational and bestselling debut 12" from Black, and now the mystery disco technicians behind the label are back ready to extend and amend a stunning duo of peak-time disco destroyers for the very front of your record box. On the A-side, we're live and loose with that Philly groove thanks to a solid, psychedelic rework of Double Exposure's uplifting social commentary "Everyman". Applying a fat frequency tweak to the Salsoul nugget, the Outerzona crew get ready to put the system to the test, before setting the room on fire with a one bar loop! The Salsoul vibe continues on the flip, as a Silvetti B-side gets a necessary edit, light on the fromage and heavy on the funk with a new wah powered bassline driving this one into the heart of the party. The jazz-funk keys and chopped and dropped at will, forming fist punch loops of hands in the air disco delight that'll last all night. Get on down to the Outerzona sound.


      Volume one of a two-volume 12" set featuring tunes from Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter's mix CD, "Weekends and Beginnings". This volume features a beatless ambient futurescape from Bass Clef ("Ghost Kicks In The Spiral") and an obscure, tough, marimba-led house banger from Nebraska ("Green Marimba"). But the real money shot however, is the long sought after Maurice Fulton remix of Alice Smith's "Love Endeavor." Maurice's remix is cut to a full side of vinyl at 45rpm and sounds truly phenomenal. A huge Electric Chair anthem; infact, when this was released in 2006 you couldn't really escape it here in Manchester! From Mint Lounge to the Music Box this euphoric soul gem soundtracked many an emotional release and dancefloor group hug in our fine city. One of Maurice's finest moments and previously fetching £50+, this is definitely worth the entrance fee alone - pure electric soul musica....Inside!

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Giving me goosebumps and rushes of joyous nostalgia, DO NOT miss this chance to own Fulton's awesome remix of Alice Smith's "Love Endeavor".

      Various Artists

      EROS01X EP

      Well, it's fair to say that this little baby's had us in overdrive at Piccadilly HQ over the past couple of days. Back in 2011 (lordy, is that four years ago?!) the Eros edit series became frequent flyers in our collective record box, getting a hammering from Silvestre, Kickin' Pigeon, Dave Walker and myself (Patrick) in those glitter tinted, strobe lit days. But that was then and this is now. Can the Eros stable still bring the heat to your dancing feet? Hell yeah they can! Shifting the emphasis away from the electronic sleaze of early house music, EROS01X teleports straight into the heart of the disco supernova that started it all, so break out your spandex, soul glow your 'fro and get ready to dance. On the A-side, the mysterious Eros hits us with a many headed hybrid of Chic's "Dance Dance Dance" and at least one other disco cut, here providing some extra soulful vocals over Nile and Bernard's corking arrangement. Don't be misled, this cut does nothing world changing, it just does it right! Perfectly looped, chopped and structured, sublimely mixed and engineered and with just the right amount of mind melting frequency tweaks, this is gonna demolish dancefloors.

      The B-side opens with the light and lively sounds of cowbell led percussion, before evolving into a killer disco funk groove packed with block party chatter and discotheque atmospherics. Now, where the Chic rework on the A-side just rode that groove forever, this cut sees our editor totally flip the script, soaking the track in echo, rocking the LPF, dropping reverb, chopping in a little plate delay and arming the rave sirens as he constructs the best disco edit I've heard in god knows how long. Amazing stuff! The B2 keeps the fire burning with a live and loopy rework of Isaac Hayes' "I Can't Turn Around" complete with pianos, clipped vocals and some truly lysergic flanger abuse. This is absolutely essential dancefloor tackle, and I for one will be rinsing this for years to come. Be warned!


      Armand Van Helden, Boston-born, Grammy Award-nominated DJ, producer and remixer, has spent 20 years honing a reputation as one of the most respected producers on the scene. With three official UK Number 1’s under his belt, he is a worthy choice to present the next installment of Ministry of Sound’s prized ‘Masterpiece’ series.

      His trio of CDs divide up as follows: On CD1 we get a classic house selection featuring Mood II Swing, Happyhead, Sterling Void, Earth People, Logic etc. CD 2 is sub-titled 'Yacht Rock Don’t Stop' and includes Christopher Cross, Kenny Loggins, Toto, The Doobie Brothers, Chicago, Boz Scaggs end enough soft-rock to get across the Med. CD 3 gets back on the peak-time dancefloor with 'Freestyle Forever' - Stevie B, Nocera, Information Society, Debbie Deb, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Joyce Sims etc. All three discs look like winners to me!


      Following in the footsteps of Francois K, Jazzie B (Soul II Soul) and Fabio & Grooverider, Gilles brings a Masterpiece selection containing a typically wide ranging, devious selection that references twists and turns of Petersons career as a ground breaking, outer-national club and radio DJ. Its journey which begins at Dusk, heralds the Dawn and slips to the Twilight. Gilles' passion and enthusiasm is unfailing and deeply infectious and this is why Ministry of Sound is very proud to have him deliver a Masterpiece.

      To tie in with second installment of 'Supafunkanova' Z Records are re-releasing a re-packaged 'Volume 1'.

      Disco historians and top deck hands DJs Joey Negro and Sean P cast the net yet wider with 'Supafunkanova', another retrospective of outstanding 12” tracks from the late 1970s and early 1980s.

      Unearthing over 24 gems from their respective colossal record collections, the groovesome twosome pull together some of the original backstreet 12s which put FUNK into the disco decades.

      It’s a collection sure to please all. The hard-bitten funk fan is likely to find something he hasn’t unearthed yet or even knew existed and the newly initiated disco boogie fan will find this a great place to start his digging. There’s even an exclusive remix by Joey Negro of the old school classic "We Rap More Mellow” by The Younger Generation, thrown in as an added bonus.

      This double CD features some old school rap styles from Billy Lamont and South Bronx, plus some proper jazzy street funk from Silver Lining, The Pied Piper of Funkingham and Hypertension. For the beat-focused, there are killer breaks to hand with some old favourites from J. Gayle Gaymon, BLT and Legacy, as well as Ray Munning’s cooler than cool remake of ‘Funky Nassau’. The gatefold Double LP also features a new and exclusive edit of Foreal People from Joey Negro. Reigning in sounds from New York, South Carolina, Washington, Boston and Los Angeles, 'Supafunkanova Vol.1' is an intoxicating blend of fiercely groovy arrangements, bouncy drumbeats and funk driven synths. A musical mix still as likely to get the booty shaking as it was over 20 years ago!


      Following on from the phenomenal success of the recent “Italo House” and “Remixed With Love” compilations ZR returns with another humdinger of a compilation to start of 2015.

      "Supafunkanova Volume 2" has been selected by Joey Negro and Sean P who together have compiled many previous albums including "Disco (Not Disco)", “Destination Boogie” and the ever-popular "Soul of Disco" series. The dynamic duo continue to dig deep, compiling high quality albums filled with lesser known disco and boogie. As the title suggests, "Supafunkanova" focuses on the funkier end of the 70s and 80s, showcasing some of the bumpier grooves recorded in the disco era when even James Brown had to take notice of the Saturday Night Fever inspired disco explosion. It will come as no surprise to hear some particularly hard to find gems have been unearthed here, and ones that aren't just rare but genuinely merit being re-issued.

      ZR have been working on 'Volume 2' for some time now as the first instalment was released way back in 2007. It takes a while to put these albums together, tracking down the owners of these musical gems, finding the right image for the sleeve but it's finally come together. Highlights including the boogie synth-infused Airplay "Drive Me Crazy" and the "White Horse"-ish "Cool Out' by Magnum Force. Things get more DC go-go style on "Super Stimulus" by Stimulus, ex Skullsnap Sam Culley gives us the uptempo jazz funky "Walk", whilst the soulful Teena Marie-ish “Sound Reason" by Splash gets an exclusive Joey Negro edit.


      Paper Disco are back on vinyl ahead of their forthcoming Trash The Wax Vol. 2 and two totally exclusive tracks. Leon Sweet launches things with Sunny Bigler that has a Moroder style bass and plaintive male vocal designed to make grown men cry on dance floors. Italian master blaster shares the same side rocking his trademark edit chops with Games whch will only be seeing the light of day on this wax.

      Turn it over and Yam Who makes an appearance with Natasha Watts and Paper tea boy Chris Massey on remix duties. It's floor heavy 4/4 disco with modern production and dynamics that will slot in to any discerning box. The second exclusive comes from Oslo young bucks De Fantastiske To who offer up a more house take on disco. Gimme Sum Dim Sum has a shuffling backbeat, lush keys and chords to give it an organic garage feel that tips a wink to the best that New York has to offer.


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