MAGIC MIX

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

WEEK STARTING 31 Jul

Genre pick of the week Cover of China by China.
One of the most rare Cosmic tracks ever finally repressed with full picture sleeve in extra limited run. One of Baldelli's most played anthems from the golden age of Cosmic Disco! It's hard to do this odd-ball, hyper slice of interstellar synthesizer disco justice, but the fact that one of the world's greatest DJs turned it into a stone cold anthem at one of the coolest underground club cultures in the world in testament to the quality of this record. Hi-NRG, popper-fuelled super-octane madness wobbling and swaying drunkardly as it swigs 70% proof synth jizz bareback from the bottle. So in-demand OGs have been known to go for as much as £135!! This high quality re-issue should be a welcome gift for Italo, Cosmic and synthesizer disco fans the world over. Vinyl only, limited 200 copies.

After taking the transatlantic flight from Cuba to Kenya, Esa closes out the Highlife World Series with a quick hop to neighbouring Uganda. During stints at the East Africa music conference DoaDoa in Jinja in 2014 and 15 Esa was exposed to a new breed of talent and ideas emerging from East Africa and beyond, meeting musicians from Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya and South Africa. Here, Esa unites the pan African producers for a superb four tracker which makes for a fitting end to the series. The EP begins with a collaboration between Christopher and Swahili Alley born out of the Doa Doa conference in 2014. This rhythmic cut hints at African jazz heritage with lithe bass and subtle rhodes licks, while the insistent percussion and passionate vocal are certain to raise the energy on the dancefloor. Esa takes control of the desk next with his extended dancefloor mix of Santuri's "Min Kula". Layered vocals, found sounds and organic percussion swirl around with immediacy before Esa's detuned synths and brooding bassline propel us towards the witching hour. The tempo takes a dip on the flip with the slow head nod of the Bantu Clan and Sarabi's "Africa Ni Leo", which sees the musicians merge the organic and synthetic via cascading synth lines and traditional strings while a smooth groove rolls along underfoot. Behr turns the track on its head with his remix, replacing the bassline with a juddering electronic shuffle and generally tripping things out in proper low slung fashion. 

Bell Boys

Sweat The Detail / Big Roll

Intergalactic new age electro funk out of Chicago. A blinder of boogie-inspired juicy goodness with a blend of futuristic boldness and analogue quality. The Bell Boys are Garret David and Adam Rowe and work at one of Chicago's best record stores, Gramaphone. They also know their way around a studio as this debut release so aptly demonstrates. "Sweet The Detail" is one of those suspended pieces of floaty space-boogie that completely envelops a room. It doesn't really go anywhere, other than introduce sparse, interstella elements intermittently through a beautifully warm, radioactive glow. A brilliant way to kick off any session or equally useful to break up period of intensity with blissful respite. A real beaut. "Big Roll" on the flip plays with rhythm and groove to create an intoxicating yet pleasurable blend of synthetic boogie. Great stuff for fans of PPU, Dam Funk, Moon B, Hidden Groove, Wet Play record etc.

DMX Krew

Funk Steps / Space Fonk

Two brand-new hard electro-funk jams from label boss Ed DMX. Sure to be popular with funk and boogie revivalists as well as electro and breakdance fans. "Funk Steps" features a sparse, handclap-heavy beat, an arabian-style synth hook, some very greasy guitar playing and a vocoder lead vocal imploring the listener to get down and do their thing on the dancefloor. "Space Fonk" is an uptempo synth-funk number with squelchy synth bass, vocoder hook and live tambourine and guitar. Moogs and lazer zaps all over this one.Ed DMX continues to DJ & perform live around the world: recent bookings include Bloc Weekend, Batofar in Paris, Berghain in Berlin and many more while Fresh Up continues to cement itself as the go-to label for all things relevant in new boogie and funk music. Tip!

KAT revive their KAT45 offshoot for a seventh release, but this time in the form of a delightful 10" featuring four superb tracks from French ace Florent F. The producer starts the party with a sundrenched refix of Yumi Arai's "Anata Dake No Mono", opening with that uber dope break much loved by DJ Muro before removing the vocal to transform the track into a blissed out jazz-funk instrumental groover. The summer vibes shine through A2 cut "Sunday Mornings", as Florent delivers  an amazing down-tempo string led, deep soul stormer of an Akira Inaba classic. The B-side opens with the slightly bonkers "At The Zoo", an infectious amalgam of disco, funk and Balearic which dances to the beat of its own drum. Plucked from the Shogun Funk Band's fourth LP, this mother sucker's had its choruses removed to ensure the groove keeps on rolling. Finishing things off we have "Jazz Orchestra", a rather splendid instrumental jazz-funker and taken from the "Jazz Orchestra 75" LP which was originally released on the prolific Japanese Jazz label, "Three Blind Mice". The central break has been removed to transform the track into a crescendo weighted ambience builder. Highly recommended to played on a large soundsystem!

Music For Dreams continues to roll out the Balearic goodies with this superb mini album from Golden Ivy. Known to his nearest and dearest as Ivar Lantz, the Malmö based composer, producer and co-founder (along with Prins Emanuel and Gucci Jehova) of esteemed Swedish record label Fasaan, has several great releases under his belt, and his first solo record "Sketches Of Golden Ivy" sold out instantly on its release last year. "To Elvira From Ivy With Love" is the beautiful follow up - a birthday love letter to his girlfriend. Originally recorded on cassette and with a live feel, this timeless six tracker is dripping with deep grooves of pure emotion. The mini LP kicks off with "Elvira’s Theme" already a firm favorite of Manchester’s Moonboots, followed by "Levitera", another winner full of hypnotic percussion and ethereal synths and finally the gorgeous "Samba" with heavy layers of keys, drum machines and bells. The B-side continues to flow along the same path of elegant summery vibes with "Vernissage", "Time Out" and "GT Salong" but ups the dancefloor pressure introducing shades of 80s boogie and electro while still showcasing Golden Ivy’s taste for sublime chords. This is a true artist expressing his innermost self - in the words of label boss Kenneth Bager “a future classic”. Get this while you can...

PPU dip into their endless supply of boogie gold and serve up another essential reissue for the discerning collector and soulful DJ out there. This time round, the label take us to Gary, Indiana and the home studio of Willie Junei Lee Jr. In a wintery evening back in 1987, the guitarist, director, vocalist, songwriter, composer and producer hit the red button and laid down a couple of late night soul cuts, charged with the energy and exhuberance of the time. "Let's Ride" tops a smooth and sultry bassline with squealing guitar soloing and lithe jazz fusion synth leads, taking us for a cruise up to make-out point! When we get up there, the cassette pops and flips over to the sexy, soul roll of "You Must Go On", a soothing song of encouragement for a broken heart to love again (and give up the goods obviously). Another real deal slice of sensual boogie from the mighty PPU, rescued from obscurity and beamed directly into bedrooms worldwide.


Busy bee Hans Peeman takes a break from A&R duties at Outplay to don his Junktion moniker and go solo on that ass with this brand new four tracker on the dignified and refined Razor-N-Tape Reserve. The Fouk man follows up his sell out smashes on Sleazy Beats and Outplay with a further evolution of his earthy, sampledelic sound. Opening cut "Hot & Bothered" does its thing with the kind of poolside nonchalance usually worn by unfeasibly attractive LA extras. Summery strings and flute licks shimmer in full filter bliss over a bouncy little beat, while the occasional vocal sample gives the hunks and honeys something to punch the air for. The summer breeze continues unchecked on the soulful "I'm Wishing", a peaktime cut that's as perfect a marriage of diva vocal and rolling bassline you're likely to hear, before "Fling Cleaning" drops the pace to a sensual disco chug on the B1. Well worked frequencies and the constant manipulation of fx shake things up nicely while the rough disco loop rolls on and on. What better way to bring the EP to a close, than with the cool, calm and collected groove of "Visions Of You", a slow motion soul roller with touches of hip hop in the percussion and plenty of sex appeal - proper BBQ tackle. If you're looking for a vinyl slice of summer, look no further!

Scissor Sisters

Scissor Sisters - Pink Vinyl Edition

    'Scissor Sisters' is the debut studio album by New York 5-piece band Scissor Sisters, first released in 2004. The album reached number 1 on the UK and Irish albums charts, and was the best-selling album of 2004 in the UK. Since its release it has gone 9× Platinum in the UK. In Ireland it has been certified 5× Platinum.

    Their eponymous debut is a gleaming composite of epic, unabashedly pretty ‘70s songwriting and fancy-pants disco hedonism, reflecting the decadent dance-pop afterglow of all that George Michael wrought.

    With music's obsession with the past and recycling itself, it only seemed a matter of time before someone would take 70s mainsteam pop and rework it for the 21st century. Scissor Sisters do just that, taking the feel of Elton John or Leo Sayer and giving the songs a nice new shiny electro-pop edge. Includes the singles "Laura" and "Comfortably Numb".

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Ltd LP Info: 180g pink vinyl pressing in gatefold sleeve with insert. Individually numbered.

    Guts - a French producer exiled in Ibiza, and Mambo - a cult Los Angeles-based painter, present their third helping of their widely acclaimed 'Beach Diggin' series, a scintillating summery selection of obscure but wonderful soul, funk, disco, Latin, reggae and tropical beats. This time round vibes arrive from Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Guadeloupe, Saint Thomas, the USA and Canada. It's the season of the juiciest, sweetest fruit, of shorts, tank tops and thongs, the time of year when you look at life through a dark pair of sunglasses. Summer is also the time of year when lovers of soul, disco, funk, bossa, jazz and other similar grooves get together to enjoy the sunny vibrations sampled by Guts and Mambo from the world over. Since 2013, this duo has trademarked their discoveries with the appellation Beach Diggin', a label that certifies the quality and rarity of its products and guarantees a maximum dose of sunshine for every groove. Braving the hordes of sugar-hungry bees swarming around boxes of Caribbean records, the humidity in the holds of boats, or jostling to save 45's lying on the ground from being trampled underfoot, Guts and Mambo, at the risk of their own lives, have explored the most far-flung corners of the earth, all for a single purpose: To discover and to share.

    Various Artists

    Beach Disco Sessions Volume 6 (Mixed By Situation)

    Summer is with us once more, which means it's time for another instalment of the 'Beach Disco' sessions. This time round, Nang enlist the turntable skills of west country boys, Situation, and the duo of Ben Vacara and Mr Mullato have done a swell job of selecting and mixing a fine slice of Balearic disco summer for the 17 track CD. Things open up from the left field and some mysteriously mislaid tapes from Roland Romanelli and Jannick Top, who had just finished on sessions for the third Space LP. From there we take a tour through sunburnt nu disco, gliding vocal house, hypnotic disco, buttery boogie and peaking house thanks to a who's who of contemporary disco producers. The likes of Ilya Santana, Ruf Dug, Sorcerer and Downtown Party Network flex their musical muscle while Beach Disco hosts Situation put their own stamp on the mix with a couple of original productions and a fine rework of Love And Money.


    Various Artists

    Brand New Wayo - Funk, Fast Times & Nigerian Boogie Badness 1979-1983

    Comb & Razor Sound launches its exploration of the colourful world of popular music from Nigeria, starting with the post-disco era of the late 1970s and early 80s.The years between 1979 and 1983 were Nigeria’s Second Republic, when democracy finally returned after 23 years of uninterrupted military dictatorship. They were also the crest of Nigeria’s oil boom, when surging crude prices made the country a land of plenty, prosperity and profligacy. The influx of petrodollars meant an expansion in industry, and the music industry in particular. Record companies upgraded their technology and cranked out a staggering level of output to an audience hungry for music to celebrate the country’s prospective rise as global power of the future. While it was a boom time for a wide variety of popular music styles, the predominant commercial sound was a post-afrobeat, slickly modern dance groove that retrofitted the relentless four-on-the-floor bass beat of disco to a more laidback, upbeat-and-downbeat soul shuffle, mixing in jazz-funk, synthesizer pop and afro feeling. At the time, it was still mostly locally referred to as 'disco', but has since been recognized as its own unique genre retrospectively dubbed 'Nigerian Boogie'. "Brand New Wayo" collects 15 pulsing Nigerian boogie tracks in a lovingly compiled package chronicling one of the most progressive and creative eras in the history of African popular music.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    CD Info: Deluxe CD box set. P&P equivalent to 3xCD.

    Medical Records is celebrating it’s 5 year anniversary as well as 50th release! Medical Records was founded sometime in 2007/2008 but released its first double header of reissues in May 2010 with the (at the time) little known Deutsche Wertarbeit (MR-001) and the first album by famed Italo / synthpop guru Alexander Robotnick (MR-002). Since the beginning, Medical has pledged to bring back long out of print and lost new wave, synth, and disco LPs from the 70s and 80s. With an emphasis on high quality heavy vinyl (with a dizzying array of colored wax), these essential records have been made available again at a reasonable price for collectors and new fans to cherish once again. Over time, we expanded our palette to include new artists with a similar aesthetic to our vision as well as crucial 90s reissues in the shoegaze and other unclassifiable genres. With collaborations with Crispy Nuggets, Light In The Attic, and Portland’s 2010 Records, the back catalog of releases have spanned much ground. For this 50th release (MR-050), we have chosen to release our first retrospective with a twist.

    This double LP features a hand-picked selection of tracks intended to highlight our past reissues on the first 3 sides. Featuring such standouts as Lou Champagne System, Tony Carey, Gay Cat Park, and many more, it is a very nice representative collection. The fourth side of the double LP is a unique collection of our new (contemporary) artists performing specially selected cover versions of tracks featured on our past reissues. Examples include the sultry “We R” performed by Roladex (originally by Chrisma on “Hibernation”) and “Click” performed by Kline Coma Xero (originally by Disco Volante). This collection will surely be a treat for the fans who have been following our evolution over time and will especially prove to be a staple in anyone’s collection who would like some of our reissued hits on one concise compilation. All reissue tracks and new tracks have received additional remastering and mastering (the new tracks) by Martin Bowes at the Cage Studios, UK. This collection will appeal to aforementioned lovers/collectors of rare new wave, private press synth, cosmic/italo disco, vinyl djs, and many more! This double LP is housed in a specially designed gatefold heavy sleeve featuring the Medical logo in a “color blindness test” on the front with the gatefold filled with thumbnails of all 50 past releases. Presented on high-quality 160gram colored vinyl.

    Midnight Riot's "This Is How It Started" series sees a host of modern dancefloor energisers offer their own interpretation of those heady days of the birth Chicago sound, especially in the formative years at Ron Hardy's Music Box. Mach start our journey with ashimmering disco house rework of Jesse Saunders' superb "On & On", incorporating elements of Lipps Inc's "Funky Town" and a whole load of groove. Next up, Yam Who? get collaborative with Chicago house veteran Robert Owens on "This Time", a classic combination of synth strings, piano chords and passionate vocals. On the flip, Clandestino spike the punch with the 303 laced "Delta", a space age dancefloor cut reminiscent of Virgo Four while Eli Escobar takes us to the vegan deli with a cheese free edit of Easy Going's "I Love You" which ditches the naff synth work in favour of the Metro Area like disco magic.


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