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Glitterbox - Hotter Than Fire: Mixed By Melvo Baptiste

    Melvo Baptiste steps up to mix the latest Glitterbox compilation, ‘Hotter Than Fire’ featuring the upfront disco heat that has been setting off the dancefloor all summer at Glitterbox parties in New York, London and Ibiza. A strong contender for the hottest party on earth, Melvo has headlined Hï Ibiza for another record-breaking season this summer. ‘Hotter Than Fire’ channels the energy of a Glitterbox event, with this three-disc special exploring the best authentic house and disco sounds.

    Featuring highlights from the Glitterbox imprint such as The Shapeshifters’ gloriously instrumented ‘Life Is A Dancefloor’, enchanting dancefloors since its release and featuring CHIC lead vocalist Kimberly Davis, as well as brand-new heat like JKriv’s ‘Yo Love’ and KON’s remix of Qwestlife’s ‘Fever’, a track that features iconic US talent including Sugarhill Gang and Siedah Garrett.

    Transitioning through the decades, ‘Hotter Than Fire’ traces all the way from the 1978 soulful-disco cut ‘Gotta Keep Trying’ by Tenderness, Goldie Alexander’s 1981 ‘Show You My Love’ and the 1983 ‘Body Work’ (Vocal Mix) by Hot Streak on CD1 through to warm 90’s sounds on CD2 such as Masters At Work’s Club Dub of CHIC’s ‘Chic Mystique’ and Shay Jones ‘When Love Calls’ (E-Smoove's Late Night). Transitioning gradually into 2019, the compilation features upfront house and disco exclusively available on the compilation like Seamus Haji ‘Boogie 2nite’ (Dr Packer Extended Remix), Loods ‘Love’ and the Kormak remix of Low Steppa ‘You’re My Life’.

    Demonstrating what Glitterbox does best, ‘Hotter Than Fire’ re-creates the atmosphere of the party, with an abundance of disco, house and soulful sounds that embody the hands-in-the-air, euphoric, confetti-filled moments that the events are loved for.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xLP 1 Info: VOL. 1

    2xLP 2 Info: VOL. 2

    Continuing the series, Dr Packer’s "Different Strokes Part 3" offers a stunning package of the Australian disco maestro’s latest soulful remixes. Kicking off the A-Side with his remix of The MuthaFunkaz "I Don’t Want You Anymore", where the heartfelt vocals of Marc Evans are complemented by elegant keys and live instrumentals, the vinyl next features Dr Packer's remix of The Shapeshifters "When Love Breaks Down", featuring the powerhouse vocals of Teni Tinks this glorious disco cut continues to fill dancefloors with joy. On the flip are two fresh releases from Dr Packer from the Glitterbox imprint, opening with his epic "No Price" remix, and rounding off the release with his take on "Boogie 2nite"; a guaranteed future Glitterbox anthem. This red hot 12” is an essential for any disco inclined crate digger, with four cuts ready to set the floor alight. Choo choo!

    Glitterbox & Purple Disco Machine drop their first mixed compilation album. A leading light of contemporary disco and a key resident for the brand's internationally celebrated parties, Tino Piontek, aka Purple Disco Machine, has distilled his acclaimed headline DJ sets into two mixes; "Purple Disco Day" and "Purple Disco Night". Featuring over 30 tracks, Purple Disco Machine showcases an impressive decade-spanning repertoire of gems, from underappreciated golden-era disco to newly-released vocal house, plus two exclusive edits from the artist himself, all mixed beautifully in Purple Disco Machine’s unmistakeable, acutely modern style.

    "Purple Disco Day" builds just as a Purple Disco Machine afternoon festival set would, the deep tones of Paul Alexander’s voice and deconstructed funk of Forrrce "Keep On Dubbin" (With No Commercial Interruptions) making way for the sunshine sounds of Yuksek & Bertrand Burgalat’s "Icare" from 2018. A trio of classics brings up the tempo, followed by more newness from Horse Meat Disco direct from the Glitterbox stable, Dele Sosimi "You No Fit Touch Am" (Medlar Remix) and the first brand new edit from the man himself, Ilija Rudman featuring Andre Espeut "In Her Eyes (Purple Disco Machine Edit)". The edit, which has taken pride of place in his sets for a while now, is Purple Disco Machine at his deepest, leading seamlessly into a covetable Kenny Dope mix of the Boris Dlugosch collaboration "Love For Days" featuring Karen Harding. "Purple Disco Day" demonstrates the sophisticated restraint of a DJ who truly knows how to apply pressure and when to hold it back, producing a mix that works on a home stereo as much as it does on the dancefloor. On the flip, "Purple Disco Night" starts strong with two huge remixes from Purple Disco Machine himself, Shakedown’s "At Night" and Weiss "Feel My Needs", undeniably two of the most-played reworks of the last six months. The heavy hitters keep coming; Mighty Mouse’s "The Spirit" providing the energy and Moloko’s "Sing It Back (Mousse T.’s Feel Love Mix)" providing a euphoric singalong moment. Purple Disco Machine’s second exclusive edit is of Julien Jabre ‘Swimming Places’, a timeless Defected classic from 2005 with so much emotion, brought tactfully into 2019 with a fleshed-out bassline. Documenting the full might of Purple Disco Machine’s production credibility, no mix would be complete without his irresistible remix of the seminal "Praise You" by Fatboy Slim and of course the crossover hit "Dished (Male Stripper)", once again proving he can’t go wrong using his remarkably unique disco sound with a modern twist.


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: It's nice to see Defected and Glitterbox delivering a killer compilation here via star signing Purple Disco Machine. I've practically grown up with Defected, and it's nice to see them still churning out modernized disco and house classics for all the peasantry to enjoy. Yeah, it might not get NTS's 'Pick of The Week', nor will it set the beards of your local Balearic aficionado on fire; but Sharon, Tracey, Ned and Me included will all be losing our shit come Saturday night, dancing round our hangbags and avoiding fisticuffs outside come closing time. Excellent!

    Tom Laroye and Yam Who? return to Glitterbox as Qwestlife with another soulful cut, for their latest musical offering, ‘Hit It Off’. Written by acclaimed soul artist Benny Latimore, and made famous by Millie Jackson in 1979, the track was translated for dance music world when sampled by Tom Trago. Fast forward to 2018 and their take on the 70’s classic features the unmistakable voice of Teni Tinks, a session vocalist to the stars, who featured on Glitterbox releases like The Shapeshifter’s ‘When Love Breaks Down’. Tinks brings true diva flair to the track, and with the joyful chorus and smooth production, Qwestlife once again demonstrate their ability to craft modern disco with traditional analogue techniques, creating glorious dance-floor vibes and honouring a truly classic track. Available on 7” vinyl for music connoisseurs everywhere, a track like this is destined to be heard on wax, with a Disco Soul Instrumental version also available exclusively on the vinyl release.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Millie says: Disco anthem right here! This is a massive soulful-disco hit which Tinks has put her own stamp on, with an equally groovy instrumental side. Hit it offff!


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