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Modern boogie tastemakers Star Creature delve into the past to bring you two rare-as-hen's-teeth jams. Phase II's "Follow Me" is one of the most adventurous, synthed out, peak hour spiritual-level boogie rager you're likely to hear all year. Un-rinsed until now, you won't hear this one Pharoah' Brunson's Full Beam FM! show or via any of those naughty Best Record re-ishes. 

On the flip, the hyperactive space bass and niggly niggly fretted Strat licks of "E=MC2" bob and weave amongst an equally hyped synth solo which winds through the track like a rabbit on whizz. Likely to send over excitable dancers careering into the speaker stacks head first and cause a whole manner of sillyness to erupt at the after party. 

Licensed and overseen by Mark Grusane and Darryn Jones. Limited to 500 copies. 

TRACK LISTING

Side 1
1. Follow Me

Side 2
1. E=MC2

The second Star Creature reissue we've had this week as the label dig into boogie's past to unearth some gems unheard by us mere mortals. Jimmie Green's "Dance Part 1" originally appeared on Shoestring Records in 1980 and regularly fetches over £50 second hand. It's a buoyant and funky jam with block party vibes aplenty and typically infectious vocals urging the crowd to... you guessed it, dance!

"Let Yourself Go" urges a similiar sentiment - surrendering to the music for maximum elevation. Instrumentally it's more disco flavoured - with piano licks, horn blasts and a live drum kit directing proceedings with walking bass and warm notes throughout. This one, from 1978 and again on Shoestring; has fetched up to £237 on a well known resale website to date - yowzers!!

Limited run, 500 copies. Move quick! 


TRACK LISTING

Side 1
1. Dance (part 1)

Side 2
1. Let Yourself Go

Another quick-fire sureshot from the Star Creature camp, one of two new ones this week. "Moonlight Magic" is a high gloss, vocoder led slice of dream boogie. Maximum squelch, glistening keys and kickin' Linn drums. Not only that, we're treated to a passage of classic, b-boy era raps, one of the few hip-hop boogie jams to grace the label. As usual, an instrumental's provided for cleanliness and efficiency.

"Take To The Sky" also employs the use of the vocoder, as it perfects the art of fairy tale romantic boogie. Half vintage C64-era computer game paradise, half Sunday morning under the covers with a lover. With an added flurry of city-pop for good measure.

A slice of excellence as always from Star Creature! 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Debuting their new season's disco, Star Creature deliver in their usual stylish manner with a unquenchably funky slice of talk box boogie on side A, and a piece of City-pop meets Commodore 64 end credits theme on side B. Top stuff and dressed to impress.

TRACK LISTING

Side 1
1. Moonlight Magic (vocal)
2. Moonlight Magic (instrumental)

Side 2
1. Take To The Sky (vocal)
2. Take To The Sky (instrumental)

Stimulator Jones is a new addition to the Star Creature roster, and from the looks of this debut EP; seeks to inject a touch of classic deep house flavours into the mainly boogie-leaning label. "Night Walk" has all the hallmarks of a vintage Mr. Fingers number - walking wooden bass, gentle congas, enveloping strings and moody feels propelled by a mid tempo 4/4 drum pattern. "Precious" ups the swing and shuffle and feels like a lost Frankie Knuckles / Joe Smooth anthem - with a bassline that's gonna tickle the arse of any club goer and a gloriously emotive chorus - this is the one my people!!!

Flip and the NY / Chicago vibe continues with the acid box jam "Strive To Survive" - a bold statement but easily comparable to some of the best bits from Phuture, Marshall Jefferson, Larry Heard et all. Dazzling keys, heavenly strings, well molested 303, infectious jack beats - this baby's got it all. "Moon" concludes this essential 12" riding the NJ / NYC flavours - swung woodblocks and bumpety bass recalling the genius of Kerry Chandler or Todd Terry with a moody Rhodes giving it a suitably deep, beatdown fragrance.



STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Star Creature does house music - and sticks two fingers up to all the competition! Essential.

TRACK LISTING

Side 1
1. Night Walk
2. Precious

Side 2
1. Strive To Survive
2. Moon

David Zylberman

New Perspective

LA via Paris classically trained keyboard wizard David Zylberman AKA Ghost from Egyptian Lover's spaced out synthfunk backing band follows up his sold out Star Creature debut with another set of contemporary electronic jazz-funk primed for peak hour dancefloor action. After flipping bananas covers of Lonnie Liston Smith and Roy Ayers, he drops an original production that gives that same synth driven, rhythm forward dance vibe. The B Side takes us straight to deep space with an uptempo cracker of a remix of Brian Bennett's "Solstice" done in a zero-gravity flavor previously considered impossible. The promo copies have already seen major support from Chicago and NYC heavyweights and we here at Picc HQ reckon this is gonna blow up much like his "Expansions / "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" 7" from 2022.   

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: A real special release from Star Creature which sees Zylberman follow up on what many regard as the label's hottest release to date - Ghost's "Expansions / Everybody Loves The Sunshine". Taking on a Brian Bennett masterpiece and also dropping a self-penned original, that highly mellifluous, heavy grooving blend of disco and jazz-funk is apparent once again. Sending us spiralling into the speaker stacks in a gleeful abandon. Do not sleep!

TRACK LISTING

A) New Perspective
B) Solstice

Star Creature regular E. Live returns with his third album for the label. "Soft Approach" begins with the west coast feels of the title track and features a more jazz-funk approach than we usually get from this boogie don. Infact, there's definite whiffs of Herbie Hancock throughout, with its laid back syncopation and elevating chord progressions. 

There's an amazing cover of Skyy's "First Time Around", entitled "Make Me Move". I say cover, it simply uses the vocal hook 'make me move, make me feel like my whole world's on fire', transforming it into an erotic funk ultra-anthem; and one that you'll be spinning back for multiple plays time and time again.

There's a seriously high level of instrumentation at play, and although E Live makes use of the large array of synthesizers featured on the album's sleeve, there's plenty of live drums, guitar and bass that make you think you're witnessing a live band in full swing. To consider that he's written and recorded this all by himself it quite a feat! 

Anyway, enough waffle - let the music do the talking. One of the strongest, grooviest and uplifting records we've had from the boogie / jazz-funk cannon for a while, and comes highly recommended from us here at Picc HQ. 

TRACK LISTING

Side 1
1. Soft Approach 
2. Wet Summer 
3. Make Me Move 
4. North Star 
Side 2
1. Bossa Banger 
2. Hidden Oasis 
3. Night Raid 
4. Desert Caravan 

E. Live

Wet Summer / Night Raid

E. Live is back again at Star Creature HQ with another boogie blast off of the jazz-funk variety. The Bay Area boogie king leans in on the jazzier side of disco while still maintaining the usual dancefloor vibes we know and love about the label. A perfect mix of accessible, crowd friendly sophisticated sounds - if you like Roy Ayers, Patrice Rushen, Khruangbin, FKJ, Toro Y Moi, this will be a welcome addition to record box. As usual, copies are limited. 

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: How Star Creature manage to be so prolific yet rarely release a duff track with such a modest number of musicians on their roster is really quite astonishing. E. Live drops one of his hottest double headers yet for his team.

TRACK LISTING

1. Wet Summer 
2. Night Raid 

Another Taste / Maxx Traxx

Don't Touch It

Special alert! A worldwide team-up worth its weight in black gold. Numero Group x Star Creature x Another Taste link up for a seriously hotcollab.

Maxx Traxx’s “Don't Touch It” has become a certified grail in recent years with its synth-heavy jazz-funk/boogie crossover sound. Rotterdam’s Another Taste has been pounding the scene with a slew of similarly-styled, contemporarily-grailed releases under various aliases across the Space Grapes label. Rotterdam's Another Taste’s cover version on the A-side while the flipside features the original for the first time on 12". 

TRACK LISTING

A1. Another Taste - Don't Touch It
B1. Maxx Traxx - Don't Touch It

A Vision Of Parorama

Piano Sunset / Lost In Palms

A new 7" double header from Balearic-boogie mainstay, A Vision Of Panorama. A truly diverse artist, whose work graces a number of different labels; his work for Star Creature has always been the perfect marriage of mellow, summery synth work and rugged boogie beats.

"Piano Sunset" epitomizes this ethos beautifully, with vintage drum boxes firing off some familiar rhythms whilst an array of wooden electric bass, sparkly keys and meandering piano notes create a dazzling vista of late afternoon enjoyment. A clean, digital signal path with nods to FM synthesis give this track high definition contours and a bright shine.

"Lost In Palms" sees the producer deliver a nicely swung, late night house jam. Build around a splendid house beat comprised of galloping congas, twatting hi-hats and classic 909 snares with plenty of shuffle; organ stabs and sparkling keyboard licks accompany a wobbly synthline and deep bass notes. Imagine if Kerri Chandler had grown up on the Italian Riviera and you're halfway there...

Top stuff as always from Star Creature and AVOP.


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Star Creature heat from AVOP. "Piano Sunset" rocks that Zanzibar proto-house vibe brilliantly and is a must for fans of Mark Seven's Parkway series. On the flip, a swung late night house jam that has Kerri Chandler's DNA coursing through its veins.

TRACK LISTING

Side 1
1. Piano Sunset (4:32)
Side 2
1. Lost In Palms (4:55)

E Da Boss (The Pendletons, Myron & E) made his first Star Creature debut with his group Lucid Paradise. His return features Ishtar and new single "Pool 4 U" comes in two flavours - one produced by The Whole Truth and the other remixed by E. Live.

The A Side gets the E. Live, jazz-funk remix treatment while the B Side comes heavy with a foot stomping, boogie bomb, floor filling flavour throughout! Another essential modern classic from the Star Creature juggernaut. Limited copies! 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: A brand new boogie bomb from the Star Creature camp that's of such a high pedigree I had to check it wasn't a cover version. Summery vibes across both takes, with a more galvanized production promoted by E.Live, while The Whole Truth offer up that original disco-boogie flavour.

TRACK LISTING

A. Fool 4 U (remixed By E. Live)
B. Fool 4 U (produced By The Whole Truth) 

Voyear & Frankfurt Funk Feat. Eva

En Transit

The Star Creature factory line keeps on ticking over, new signings Voyear & Frankfurt Funk manufacturing some high grade boogie business for our dancing and delectation.

Both tracks casually resting in what Full Beam FM! refers to as crawlers & moochers. These are slower, soulful cuts, full of pitch bent b-lines, tickling synth licks and syncopated drum machines - the very essence of bedroom boogie. The French vocals only add to the overtly sensual nature while the synth work throughout is absolutely top drawer. Can't fault this one! Another essential from the now long-running stable. 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Crawlers from the Star Creature camp as they mellow out the moods for the hotter months. Perfect for winding down the windows when your stuck in traffic on you're way to the beach.

TRACK LISTING

Side 1
1. En Transit 
Side 2
1. Colibri 

Star Creature's Italian boogie buffalo Giovanni Damico comes fresh for the label with, I have to say, a pretty tantalizing new sound. Though still rooted in that vintage boogie sound (Linn drums and slap bass a plenty...) "Watch Out" jolts out with a confident urgency. Dazzling keyboard licks, meticulously programmed drums and a frenetic b-line combining perfectly with Damico's empowered vocal. "Nowhere" is a creeping synth disco track, reminiscent of Sylvester's more electronic and sultry numbers. "Night Time" opens with bright synth bursts before dropping into a raw boogie groove littered with space echo detritus. Then the fun loving vocal drops urging you into party mode. "Voodoo" irreverently cruises into full on space disco moods - recalling Arpadys & Sauver Mallia's soaring epics. Finally, "Cowbell (Eeh Aah Eeh)" is a tropical disco flavoured beast that has end-of-night qualities written all over it. Majestic flute, fluttering muted Strat licks, galloping percussion, this baby got it all...

Brilliantly diverse modern boogie flavours for the discerning dancer and jock! Highly recommended! 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: One of my favourite signings of the Star Creature camp, Giovanni Damico can always be relied upon for summat fresh. "Watch Out" takes the boogie template into dazzling new territories - a highly syncopated offering with space-age sfx but with that vintage drum programming and untreated soulful vox that's synonymous with the genre. Sure to be a true classic of the scene that's so far undiscovered.

TRACK LISTING

Side 1
1. Watch Out (4:54)
2. Nowhere (5:49)
Side 2
1. Night Time (5:04)
2. Voodoo (5:07)
3. Cowbell (Eeh Aah Eeh) (4:31)

Giovannia Damico

Ashes / Milky Way

Yet another bedroom boogie bonanza from the good folks at Star Creature who've enlisted the Italian stalion, Gionvanni Damico for their latest 7". The well decorated producer has already graced labels such as Lumberjacks In Hell, Bordello A Parigi, Kalakuta Soul and Faces with his slick and star-studded, fresh boogie sound!

Lead track, "Ashes" rev's outta off the grid with ruged vintage drum hits, picked guitar lines, Strat chops and plucked bassline. Cue Damico with an inspired vocal, sung in half Italian, half English and a catchy as covid chorus synth refrain. It's stripped back, it's quirky, it's sexy; it's everything your late nite disco needs!

"Milky Way" unpacks reverb heavy drums, vocodered vox and retro-future sci-fi leads for a cosmic funk system meltdown with lashings of Italo flavour!

Full picture sleeve, limited import copies. Move quick!


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Really strong release from the perma-funkin' Star Creature mob. Inspired city pop stylings with 'nuff Italo / boogie references for extra pleasure. You know what to do!

TRACK LISTING

1. Ashes
2. Milky Way

Kappekoff, Reggie Got Beats & Andre Espeut

Sugar

We told you Star Creature were properly 'on one', as we like to say here in Manchester. Well, the boogie bombardment continues this week with an all-star release from label stalwart Andre Espeut, who's joined by synth revivalists Kappekoff and Reggie Got Beats for the sweet, sparkly single: "Sugar". Ripe with squiggly lead lines, explosive slap bass, Jomox drums and soulful lead vocals from Esput. Comes with instrumental.

Limited copies. 


TRACK LISTING

A. Sugar
B. Instrumental

The salvo of 7"s from the Star Creature bunker continues to rain down on us - with another two arriving this week! E. Live is back, adding his patented boogie shimmer to newcomer Gillies' lead track "What About Luv".

Rich with Italo nuances, "What About Luv" is drenched in sensuality, a laser-guided, pheromone-fueled, late night mission into decadence and excess. The Bay Area boogie boss injects a playful, stripped back sensibility into the equation, mellowing it out into an early evening groover.

Both tracks are winners for me, with two very different moods explored. Star Creature remain the most crucial force in modern funk! TIP. 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Are Brooklyn's Star Creature secretly challenging MCR's Red Laser to a battle of the boogie? Firing over an Italo-tinged missile at our Manctalo brothers, inviting a return fire bedroom boogie blast from Il Bosco and co.? The plot thickens in the boogie wars saga... stay tuned for more info.

TRACK LISTING

A. What About Luv (E Live Remix)
B. What About Luv

Ghost

Expansions / Everybody Loves The Sunshine

Super limited, blink-and-you'll-miss-it Star Creature 7" from no other than David Zylberman - one of Egyptian Lovers' coveted synth men. He flips a pair of classic jazz-funk numbers, adding layers of syrupy synths to the Lonnie Smith's "Expansions" whilst adding some body-poppin', broken-beat flex to the Roy Ayers classic, "Everybody Loves The Sunshine".

Caned by taste making DJs who received upfront copies last November, this has to be one of the most anticipated Star Creature 7"s we've had for a while. Don't sleep! 

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Probably the most sought after and highly anticipated Star Creature 7" of the year. Upfront copies sold out in seconds, prompting an online furore and, thankfully, more copies being pressed by the label. But you'll have to be quick!

TRACK LISTING

Side 1
1. Expansions (4:33)
Side 2
1. Everybody Loves The Sunshine (4:30)

Adam Chini Featuring Zackey Force Funk

Boomerange

Tasty 7" from the Star Creature stable featuring new signing Adam Chini who contributes a veritable slice of modern funk for the esteemed label.

"Boomerang" comes in vocal and instrumental versions and pairs up sloppy synth work, blue-sky synth patches and shuddering slap bass. The infectious and clever vocal yearns for the return of a lover's desire - hence the title: "Boomerang".

Limited copes and high demand as always....


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Deeply personal bedroom boogie from the SC camp which should appeal to fans of PPU and the more lo-fi end of the spectrum.

TRACK LISTING

A. Boomerang
B. Instrumental

Leones

Cruisin' / Sunset

Debut 7" Double Sider from Italian Hybrid Nu Jazz Band "Leones". The A Side takes us on a mid tempo jazz romp around the coastal frequencies mild disco vibes, is there such a thing as Balaeric Detroit? While the A Side is for beach sand dusted dance floor, The B Side makes for a perfect soundtrack for late night coastal highway cruisings. Going to or heading home from the waves is up to you but this full moon vibes cut will provide the nicest wave to get you there.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Star Creature in vintage form here, hooking us up with a perfect pair of sun blushed boogie moochers via the uptempo "Cruisin'" on the A-side and the slow, slanky and perma-stoned "Sunset" on the flip. RIYL Dam Funk, early Moon B and Penders.

TRACK LISTING

A. Cruisin'
B. Sunset

The Jack Moves Feat. Larry Hamm & The People Of Newark

Horror Games

New Star Creature 7" so if you're reading this it'll either be sold out or all the boogie-barrons of Manchester forgot to have their weetabix

Jack Moves is joined by Larry Hamm & The People Of Newark for a informed but danceable slice of nu-boogie which touches upon current reasons of uncalm and unrest. 

If the vocal is too poignant to digest then there's a full-loaded instrumental to get wild to with the poppers. 

Limited quants as per so get them boogie-powered rocket-skates on you filthy turtle jerkers! 

TRACK LISTING

A. Horror Games
B. Instrumental


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