Summer is well an truly upon us and Midnight Riot continue to provide that Disco infused summer soundtrack taking their club night al over Europe as they continue to celebrate their 10th anniversary. This month see’s them back in Ibiza at Malanga Cafe on Saturday August 20th as well as stopping off at the Come As You Are week-ender at The Refuge in Manchester on Sunday 28th August. 2 very big ones for the diary.
On the music front in keeping with the summer vibes and Ibiza trip Midnight Riot have the latest edition of their Balearic Headspace compilation series just about to drop, more on that below. There are also tasty singles just landed or incoming from KulaKingz and Leroy Burgess, Sean Scanlan, Yam Who? and Nell Shakespeare, Two Lee and Sequence Program & Mishell Ivon all of which are packed with those smile inducing sun soaked vibes.
Time to hand you over to Riot boss Yam Who? for the 9 essential disco heaters of the month x
Silk – Can’t stop (turning you on) [Michael Gray Remix]
Label : DMC
Michael Gray is the master of adding dancefloor weight & production to classic 70s & ’80s material. Here he delivers another essential revision this time on the lesser known Silk ‘Can’t Stop’ (turning you on). Released in 1979 on Philadelphia International, the original had a real ‘2 Step’ feel, Michael rightly does the business here fusing flamboyant new bass and disco house beats, slightly upping the tempo and turning ‘Can’t Stop’ into a peak-time extravaganza that will appeal right across the board!
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Unkle – Do Yourself Some Good [The Reflex Revision]
Label : Unknown
Adding warmth and depth, you can hear why The Reflex is the king of the disco mix on his remix of ‘Do Yourself Some Good’ from James Lavelle’s legendary Unkle. The Reflex leans into the arpeggiated synths, before the silky smooth disco beat hits. The track slowly builds as the temperature rises and the bassline and vocal samples come in. Over on the flip you can also check out ‘If We Don’t Make It’ remixed by Ronin. It’s altogether more laidback with new layers of percussion having been brought to the forefront here. With both tracks clocking in at just under 10 minutes each, these dancefloor weapons are guaranteed to keep the party going.
Unkle Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unkle
Unkle Twitter: https://twitter.com/unkleofficial
The Reflex Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thereflexmusic
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The Reflex Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thereflexmusic/
Sirs – Moments in Life
Label : Sirsounds Records
SIRS returns to his own Sirsounds Records imprint with arguably his finest work to date, serving two sumptuous original compositions on the searingly personal ‘Moments Of Life EP’. Having won over an abundance of admirers across the dance underground in recent DJ Harvey, Sean Johnston, Palms Trax, and Roman Flügel just some of those regularly championing his far-reaching sounds. ‘Moments Of Life’ begins with an emotionally charged tribute to his former lover, Anna, who tragically passed away on May 1st, 2021 following a battle with cancer. This most intimate of releases sees SIRS lays his soul bare while displaying staggering range. The results are nothing short of enchanting.
Freeez – Mariposa
Label : Far Out Recordings
Continuing to shine a light on John Rocca & co’s pioneering early 80s music, Far Out presents the first ever 12” release of Freeez’s monster brit-funk classic “Mariposa”, along with the equally heavy and hard to find 12” mix of “Alone”. Released on their debut album Southern Freeez in 1980, “Mariposa” is fearsomely funky, high-tempo, melodic jazz-funk featuring Paul Morgan’s lighting drum fills, Peter Maas’s slapping and popping, Andy Stennett’s top-drawer keys and John Rocca’s percussion and otherworldly Spanish vocals. ”Alone”, originally released as the B-side to Freeez’s “One to One” single in 1982, is a cool, heady boogie stepper, and this elusive extended 12” mix is a no brainer for any discerning jazz/funk boogie jock.
Dexter Jones – Feel Good
Label : Discoholics Anonymous Recordings
Discoholics Anonymous serve up more tasty edit action here, courtesy of UK disco stalwart Dexter Jones. ‘Feel Good’ (Part 1)’ could easily slot equally well into your afternoon ‘beach set’ or any ‘after hours’ affair. It’s all about hot boogie bass, sultry vocals, mellow keys and dreamy mid tempo disco beats with enough dancefloor dynamics for the modern sound system.
Dexter Jones Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dexterjonesdisco/
Dexter Jones Twitter: https://twitter.com/jexter_dones
Discoholics Anonymous Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/discoholicsanonymous/
Discoholics Anonymous Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/discoholics_anonymous/
Discoholics Anonymous Twitter: https://twitter.com/discoanon
Chew Fu feat Boosty Collins – Nothing But U On My Mind [Art Of Tones Remix]
Label : Peppermint Jam
Peppermint Jam proudly welcome Funkateer No.1 Bootsy Collins to their label! This time Bootsy has teamed up with soul brother Chew Fu who is no stranger to Peppermint Jam as he already had a massive one with his amazing cover of Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’, sung by Steve Clisby, the main man at American Gypsy (Inside out). ‘Nothing but you’ is a proper piece of funk with Peppermint bringing some of the hottest names in the game on board to spice it up, with remixes courtesy of Art Of Tones, Cody Currie and Rodney Hunter.
Chew Fu Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChewFu
Chew Fu Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chewfu/
Art of Tones Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artoftones/
Art of Tones Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artoftonesmusic/
Peppermint Jam Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peppermintjam/
Peppermint Jam Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/peppermintjam_records/
Peppermint Jam Twitter: https://twitter.com/JamPeppermint
Various – Balearic Headspace – Volume 6
Label : Midnight Riot
Midnight Riot sails smoothly into summer with their new Balearic Headspace compilation. Volume 6 is a sun kissed affair packed with eclectic goodness for those who love it mainly horizontal and also vertical when the need takes. 19 new jams featuring Hifi Sean, Pete Herbert, B.J.Smith, Andi Handley, Leo Mas, Fabrice, Platinum City, Suki Soul, Marc Robert to name a few, all effortlessly gliding their way around the swimming pool with Balearic goodness & sunshine boogie, expertly fused with proto house, 80’s pop, low slung grooves with touches of blue eyed soul, Essential!!
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House Bros – Shake [Al Kent Remix]
Label : Million Dollar Disco
Al Kent is back with a mysterious remake, a modern but authentic disco epic that could just as easily have been recorded and mixed in the 70’s in a New York studio. The legend goes that the House Bros originally recorded this song in Hollywood in 1979, cut it to acetate and then seemingly forgot all about it. This sole acetate was destined for obsolescence until it was discovered some 40 years later by a devoted Northern Soul DJ. Not content with just driving dance-floors wild with his discovery, he asked Al Kent to “do something” with it. And boy did he do that!
Al Kent Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alkent76
Al Kent Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alkent/
Al Kent Twitter: https://twitter.com/disconerds
Million Dollar Disco Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/milliondollardisco
Fischer & Forde – It’s Just Business
Label : Calico Of North America
Years of isolation and stress from the pandemic left longtime friends Cory Kilduff and Luis Dubuc yearning for creative solace. Inspired and wanting more, they combined their bountiful talents and passion for disco and created Fischer & Forde. ‘It’s Just Business’ is the debut LP from the duo that showcases their fresh take on disco music. Both with roots sewn deep in music of all genres, Fischer & Forde are creating music that is intricate and impressive. They’ve combined the pure essence of disco with French house influences to create something unique and exciting. Drawn to the inclusivity and positivity that the disco community brings, Fischer & Forde are looking to uplift folks and bring them together through funky tunes.
Fischer & Forde Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fischer_and_forde/
Calico of North America Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CalicoNorthAmerica
Calico of North America Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/calicona/
Calico of North America Twitter: https://twitter.com/Calico_NA
Yam Who is a DJ, producer, label boss at Midnight Riot and ISM Records and one half of Glitterbox signed Qwestlife.
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