Following on from where the excellent Get Yourself left off this EP moves forward with three new tracks again via Rebellion. The title tracks itself is big and bouncy packed full of uplifting vibes for hands in the air moments complete with vocoder-esque vocals and soaring synths all sounding just right. Crush, then opens with beautifully jazzy tones offset by twisted voices and then proceeds to launch into an uber funky groove that sets exciting electronics off in all directions. However for me its Issues that scores 10/10 here with yet another devastatingly killer bassline from Mr Lavelle, feeling more akin to Get Yourself building with moody intention and irresistible rhythms that do indeed reach fever pitch.
Benoit & Sergio
This stunning EP from Benoit & Sergio positively simmers with delight with opening number Shake Shake displaying a playful, almost pop sensibility that you may, or may not, find completely enticing. I love the the way the vocals dance around the bassline and piano melodies, and the fact that this sounds in a space and time of its own making. But the pièce de résistance is undoubtedly Adjustments, a perfectly crated piece of music that blends gorgeous synths together with an addictive, melancholy vocal delivery which says this: Sometimes I think that DJs don’t understand that we’ve been waiting around all week for this and sometimes I think that djs don’t understand that we don’t care about their cut-off frequencies or resonance we just want to dance and then walk home with a girl that we met and take her by the hand and never wake up.
release: October 1
Out of the Basement
TO RACK & RUIN VOL. 4
Out of the Basement aka Steve Leggat and James Ellis have re-edited two equally seductive slices of funkiness for long standing Manchester institution El Diablo’s Social Club. First up is their reworking of the slinky soul vocals of Take Me With You which are backed up by chunky beats, punchy guitar and spirited piano. Next the excellent low-slung, cut-up of the Brothers Johnson version of the Shuggie Otis anthem ‘Strawberry Letter 23’ is certainly a gem well worth adding to your record collection.
release: September 14
Jamie Fatneck / Lucci Capri
The Spanish label founded by Lucci Capri (aka DJ Callum) and fellow WE Love Space resident Jamie Fatneck continues its theme with this latest EP. Four new twists beginning with the nine minute re-imagining of Billie Jean which runs feverish Acid lines across Michael Jackson to grace the song with fresh impetus. It’s certainly creatively executed and as it remains, for some, a dancefloor classic is possibly an essential addition to your canon. Next up is the seductive and ultimately far more credible Dame Un Beso which plays sassy Latino rhythms over daring, smoky vocals. The tempo then gathers pace with the equally captivating Because Today I Saw U and Esther Phillips gorgeous vocals dripping all over the hot filtered grooves. Leaving another smooth Fatneck edit to finish on Aretha Franklin’s version of ‘What A Fool Believes’.
release: mid September
Paradise 45 ft Kathy Diamond
Two names that will be more than familiar: Guy Williams & Thomas Gandey team up as Paradise 45 once again to release their debut on Madhatter White. As you’d expect this packs more than a hint of fired-up Disco, while coming over like a heavy-duty cosmic production with sparkling electronics and Kathy Diamond’s self-assured vocals. An excellent Dub follows on from the Original version concentrating on all that sizzling instrumentation with two remixes adding a different angle. Firstly from Deepmode who’s bump n grind rhythms add a real swing to the affair, and then from Rudy’s Midnight Machine who give it a deeper flavour with melodic bass and synths lines.