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Le'Trell

On The One

    Star Creature return with more of that authentic boogie flavour for 2017. Le'Trell comprises of brothers G. Le'Trell, J. Le'Trell & L. Le'Trell (of course it does!) and this is the second release for the esteemed label. "On The One" stomps off the starting blocks with thick drums and an incredible vocal part, emboldened by the truly inventive instrumentation which supports it - a wigged out synth solo, funked up guitar licks and a brilliant bass part. You'd easily be forgiven to thinking this was some holy grail from the golden years of '80-'83 but I can assure you - it was recorded last year! So damn good! "State Of Shock (S.O.S)" graces the flip, a more electro flavoured / new jack workout with newer drum presents and more cerebral, pillow talk sound. Those killer synth solos are still present, as are some excellent vocal harmonies - highlighting the talents these brothers have for music. Truly magnificent stuff here - absolutely essential for any modern funk, soul and boogie collectors out there.

    DJ Friction Presents Ground Control Featuring David Whitley

    Step Out Of The Dark

    Second Star Creature to drop this week as the label continue to ply their new boogie and modern funk wares to our receptive head spaces. DJ Friction has had a long and storied career: working as a DJ in the late 80s in and around his hometown of Stuttgart, working on productions through hip-hop, jungle and electro styles and commercial success with rap group Freundeskreis.

    Here for Star Creature he switches tact again, opting for two fully authentic, soul drenched cuts and featuring the inimitable voice of David Whitley. "Step Out Of The Dark" mixes live and electronic drums and sees Rhodes and fretted bass conjure up a heady groove while Whitley's vocals are the main attractions - a thoroughly soulful outing with great lyrics and impassioned delivery. "All Nite Long" is equally solid - a bedroom boogie future classic with catch AF chorus, squelchy synth bits and wicky-wah guitar licks. Both tracks are the kinda shit you hear regularly on Sunday's Full Beam! FM show on NTS2 and come fully endorsed by the good ship Piccadilly.


    Following up the First Touch album from a coupla weeks back, Star Creature continue to be the one stop shop for all things new boogie and modern funk related, signing up Birdbone Unlimited for a killer funked-out boogie duo. First up, we get the smooth-as-silk "Freaky Things We Do", with hefty slap and tickle, clavs all over the shop and phazed chorus lines tripping us out to the max. Glitzy Rhodes keys slowly grow from the background into a sparkling downtempo disco odyssey, all joined by heart melting vocal harmonies and languid west coast beach vibes. The flip side sees the sun slowly setting on the upbeat but restrained funk of the original, with rolling bass licks backing away slowly from the uncharacteristically minimalistic instrumental, before introducing another bout of swimmingly hypnotic vox. Shimmering and elevating, perfect for invigorating its listeners with supernatural power and buckets of emotion. Mega stuff as always from this now buy-on-sight firm. 

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: Another killer outing from Star Creature, setting the boogie bar high with silken instrumentals and sassy but relaxed vocal flourishes. Killer.

    Second Star Creaute full length to drop this week and it's the turn of Adam Chini who's previously released on Hobo Camp and Boogie Cafe. "Virtual Love" sees a typically squelchy B-line paired with classic Jomox drums as Chini's yearning vocal rides the groove. "Dark Sky" picks up the pace and goes on an electro-funk, tipping its hat to Jeff Phelps' DIY bedroom boogie in the process. "I Got Ya Baby" sees Chini switch of the vocoder for some smoooooth robo-funk. Flip the disc and the slow jams continue with "Give Me All Your Lovin" and "Stay With You" displaying the kinda modern funk prowess that gets scene leaders Randy Marsh and Sonofapizzaman buzzin'. Seriously heartfelt, up close and personal throughout; this is an epic from Chini. Recommended.

    Donnell Pitman

    Do You Wanna / Need My Love

    Any Disco DJ worth their weight in vinyl knows the name Donnell Pitman, and until now this has been mostly due to his highly sought after work of the late 70s and early 80s. Renewed interest in Donnell has reached critical peak over the past few years, fueled by Red Greg's feature of the seminal “Love” on Joey Negro's "Under The Influence" vinyl compilation series and Chicago’s Numero Group putting out some of his long forgotten, unreleased boogie bangers in 2015. Producer Kumar McMillian of Chicago-based disco ensemble Wings Of Sunshine teamed up with Donnell and the result is a modern disco masterpiece with an completely authentic, bedroom produced vibe - honest, pure and heartfelt with a poignant vocal delivery. "Need My Love" on the flip retains that stripped back, intimate production vibe; like you're lying right next to Donnell on some velvet pillow as he whispers sweet nothings into your ear. It's another hard hitting vocal delivery, displaying both incredible control and power with his voice.

    Saucy Lady returns to Star Creature as the label continues its excellent run of form with this essential disco / funk number - "Sugar High". Remixed in Hachinohe-shi, Aomori, Japan by T-Groove the track bustles in on a frenetic drum break, complete with wicky guitar licks and tight syncopated bass. A sweet vocal section soon hurries in as the mix expands to includes a wonderful organ-led bridge section and timpani solo. Pure dancefloor heat across this succinct and groovy burner. On the flip "I'm Ready" also gets remixed by T-Groove into a deep 4/4 disco throbber. Pounding drums and bass meet suspended keys and another sugary vocal section with those trademark guitar patterns licking away in the background. Both side are gonna go down a storm at your local disco. Highly recommended.  


    Shiro Schwarz

    Star Creature EP

      Shiro Schwarz, the interplanetary explorers from Mexico City make their return orbit to the Star Creature Universe with 12" of nebulous vibrations in tow. True to form, the duo drop 6 cuts of moody love funk ripe for both the dancefloor, the bedroom floor and all earthly spaces in between. Setting controls for the midnight hour, Shiro Shwarz open proceedings with the wobbling bass and pitch bent synths of "I Don't Know Why", an off kilter boogie bomb topped wonderfully with the duo's quirky vocals. Next up, "All My L.O.V.E." brings a little proto house to the party with classic piano vamps, low slung bass and swiftly spoken female vocals before "Come Closer" slows the tempo right down to weird us out with its zero gravity tropical flavour - well wonky! The flipside kicks off in C L A S S I C fashion with "Just One Change", a proper boogie rocker which sees killer synth trills, rubbery bass and soulful pads support Pammela's vocals perfectly. Tumbling toms lead us onto the soul-glow sequences and chipset synth solos of "Cotton Candy" before Shiro Schwarz play us out with the Glass Candy styled retro-romance of "See The Light". So to sum it all up, 1/2 a dash of Sade, 1 moon unit of Rene & Angela, a rocket boost of Patrick Adam's synth juice plus 5 liquid hectagon phasers of Purple carbon samples and you got yourself a "Star Creature EP"!

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Patrick says: Mexican duo Shiro Schwarz take advantage of the clear desert sky to harness the power cosmic into six nebulous takes on 80s synth funk, galactic boogie and synthetic soul. One for the Italians Do It Better fans and boogie heads alike.

      Aimes

      Pleasure Cruise / Acid Dreaming

      Aimes brings everything good to this release, from sun-kissed synths to chimes lapping around your dancing feet, this sort of post-disco can be found on "Pleasure Cruise". On the flip, "Acid Dreaming" is an electro- futurist vision of the journey beyond consciousness to realms unknown. Out on the Tugboat Edit spin-off Star Creature.


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