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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!

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