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Qwestlife’s dedication to crafting authentic, heartfelt and original disco tracks has been well documented over the course their partnership. The duo, a cross-European collaboration between Southern French maestro Tom Laroye and London mainstay Andy Williams (aka Yam Who?), came together in 2013, and with Tom’s song-writing abilities and Andy’s club track mastery, they were a match made in musical heaven. Using old school methods and analogue techniques to produce enchanting boogie-filled numbers, the Glitterbox regulars now release their debut album ‘Prophecy’ on the imprint, encapsulating the boundless energy of their DJ sets in an exquisite 10-track collection. With highlights including previous singles like the joyous Glitterbox anthem ‘Hit It Off’ and instant party anthem ‘Give Me A Minute’ (the duo’s label debut) the feel-good qualities of this album highlight not only Qwestlife’s production abilities but also their expansive knowledge of the genre. Album exclusives like ‘Can’t Stop’ and ‘Cut You Loose’ show them exploring a distinctively housier vibe with vocalist Alena, while ‘Universal Love’ and ‘Don’t Break My Heart’ could have been taken straight from the heart of a 1970’s disco. Featuring an incredible array of collaborators that range from session vocalist to the stars Teni Tinks, Barbados’ Bobby Saint and the ubiquitous Sugarhill Gang this album is a wonderful ode to the dancefloor and a record box essential.

Fiorious

I'm Not Defeated (Cassius Remix)

Following the tragic passing of Philippe Zdar last summer, Ed Banger and Glitterbox Recordings have come together to release the final collaborative Cassius production, with the blessing of Hubert Boombass and Philippe’s family. Fiorious’ powerful call-to-resistance anthem ‘I’m Not Defeated’, a record that captures the energy of historical protest songs, and inspired remixes from Honey Dijon and Catz ‘N Dogz with critical acclaim. The B-side has been specially etched, and the release will be limited to just 2000 pressings, making this a true collector’s item. Described by Fiorious as “an inspiring eight-minute tour de force and the most bittersweet gift to all of us,” all profits from the 12” will be donated to Rainbow Railroad, a Canadian charity working to help the LGBTQ+ community escape persecution and violence.

Speaking of the record, Ed Banger founder Pedro Winter said “Zdar played me the remix while we were heading to the last gig we would ever played together. He knew he and Boombass had delivered a banging remix. The original song was already one of the strongest of the year and adding Cassius’ powerful groove, hypnotic drums and these unifying chords would make this remix an instant classic.”


While Lemelle’s ‘You Got Something Special’ may not be a record you know by name, chances are you’ve heard it on the dancefloor. This obscure 1982 boogie cut has become a favourite of in-the-know DJs, cherished for its bouncy bassline, signature 80’s synths and Cindy Mizelle’s indelible vocals that make it a funk-laden disco number. Now, two of the genre’s most esteemed editors lend their hand to this record box essential, updating it for Glitterbox dancefloors and beyond. Opening the A-Side Dr Packer brings his trademark sound to the cut, seamlessly blending his disco-tinged stylings. The original also joins Dr Packer’s mix on the A-Side. On the flip, re-work extraordinaire KON delivers his edit, maintaining the 80’s boogie vibe while making it more DJ friendly with dubbed out sections for an extended cut. Rounding off the 12” is the instrumental, providing an essential DJ tool.

STAFF COMMENTS

Sil says: Your weekly disco needs are perfectly covered by this strongly packed remix 12" featuring venerable Kon and man of the moment Dr. Packer. Not be to sniffed at.

Returning for Volume 2 of the sought-after series, Glitterbox Jams is back with another red-hot delivery of dancefloor gems, ready to become a record box essential for all discerning disco DJs. Delivering two tracks previously unavailable on vinyl and a pair of previews from the imprint, Volume 2 opens with Mike Dunn’s irresistible "Natural High". Featuring Mike’s unmistakable Windy City drawl, this stripped-back disco-house jam sees Mike flex his musical muscles with traditional analogue techniques. Up next, a silky-smooth disco number and exclusive first listen of enigmatic duo Body Music’s latest output, where pair team up with the ferocious voice of Amy Douglas. On the flip, another forthcoming Glitterbox release powers through, as French production maestro Yuksek turns his hand at remixing Risk Assessment’s "Remember Me", featuring the mystical vocals of Jemeni G. Recounting tales of Studio 54, self-expression and long nights spent on the dancefloor, this exhilarating cut makes a perfect fit for Glitterbox’s ethos of acceptance and open mindedness. Finally, the unmistakable bounding bassline of Seamus Haji’s "Boogie 2nite" delivers a dose of Saturday night fever, rounding off this sublime release from the Glitterbox camp.

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.


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2xLP 2 Info: VOL. 2

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!

Sticks & Stonez Feat. Liv East

You're My

Modern disco stable Glitterbox continues in earnest enlisting new signing Sticks & Stonez into their race-winning squad. With Liv East riding the track on vocal duties, this special 7” release illustrates the East London duo’s capability as producers, taking influence from modern house and disco. The combination of the instrumental horns, slick production and East’s smooth vocal makes for a blissed-out record that transports you to hazy Summer days. The stripped-back instrumental version also features on the release, offering an insight into how the carefully curated track balances its musical elements. Another gold medal on the disco circuit for Glitterbox and first best in show award for this upcoming act. Recommended!

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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